Pago De Almaraes
Bodegas Pago de Almaraes vineyards are situated in Benalua a unique hillside area 36 miles outside of the city of Granada, Spain. Because of their location their grapes are harvested about 20 days later than the rest of Spain. This differential is due to unique geography and moderate temperatures of the hillsides the vineyards sit on.
There are areas of Bodegas Pago De Almaraes vineyards where harvesting is complicated – grapes cannot be collected by automated carts. The grapes are collected the traditional way, by donkeys down the vineyard slopes.
Bodegas Pago de Almaraes produces approximately 200,000 bottles, with capacity of 600,000 bottles depending on demand.
The aging of the wines takes place in oak barrels of French, American and Hungarian origin. They are placed in caves where temperatures are constant throughout the year (19 degrees, 66 degrees fahrenheit) This offers optimal conditions for aging wines.
The varietals Bodegas Pago de Almaraes produces are: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.
Bodegas Vilaplana vineyards are situated in the north of the Granada province, in a region that is ideal for wine growing due to its climate conditions(large diurnal temperature variation), the soil properties, the altitude(1000 meters above sea level), and water from the Sierra De Baza snowmelt.
The Vilaplanas cultivate the vineyards as it has been done for hundreds of years, according to traditional methods.
Grapes arrive in the winery in 10 kg boxes (22 lbs). All bunches are reviewed on the selection table, by separating and rejecting the leaves and bunches that are not suitable, although all grapes are previously selected since only the bunches that are in perfect conditions of health and ripening are harvested.
The Vilaplana family takes great pride in making high quality wines that reflect their own personal style and devotion to preserving the natural environment.
Bodegas Muñana is located at 1,200 meters on the northern hillside of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the province of Granada, Spain. It is an area offering amazing conditions for growing extraordinary grapes.
At this high altitude, the climate is more continental than mediterranean and the Sierra Nevada acts as a natural barrier providing mild winters and warm summers. These conditions benefit the ripening cycle of the grapes because of the great temperature contrasts of over 20°C between night and day, ample amounts of daylight and scarce rainfall. All this contributes to high-quality differentiation attributed by a homogeneous maturation that avoids excess acidity and allows for the production of well-balanced wines.
Of the estate’s 200 hectares, 40 consists of vineyards where the varietals grown are: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Monastrell, and Merlot. Annual production is approximately 200,000 bottles.
The vineyards have two reservoirs with a capacity of 96 million liters where fresh water is stored from the Sierra Nevada snowmelt. The mineral wealth and natural purity from this source guarantees the grapes have the highest quality of nutrients.
The grapes are harvested manually using only 1.5 kilograms per plant to ensure the highest quality grapes are chosen for production.
D.O.P De Granada
Bodegas Fontedei wines represent a firm commitment to making premium quality wines. Bodegas Fontedei is a certified member of the D.O.P. Vinos De Granada, (Protected Designation of Origin - Quality Wines Of Granada). The D.O.P. symbol signifies winemaking of distinct quality and craftmanship.
The vineyards are located in three geographic areas of the province of Granada. Alhama de Granada in the Sierra de Tejeda, Deifontes, and in Vega of Granada. The richness and plurality of the region’s soils, its agroclimatic characteristics and altitude make the province of Granada an exceptional land for viticulture.
The fresh water streams of the Sierra Nevada and dry mountain climate, reduce the risk of disease and decrease the need for pesticides keeping the grapes truly organic.
Bodegas Fontedei’s first and most abundant vineyard is in Alhama de Granada, in the Sierra de Tejeda at 1,200 meters. The varietals planted in this area are: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. The height and diurnal temperature variation allow for a slower ripening process, resulting in more complexity and higher quality wines.
The second vineyard is located in Deifontes, Granada where the winery is also located. Planted in this area are over 50 year old vines of the Garnacha varietal which serves as the base for the Garnata red wine blend, one of the winery’s high end wines.
The third vineyard is located in Vega de Granada in the place known as Pagos del Conchoso, at an altitude of 700 meters. The grape varietals grown in this area are: Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.