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About Arrayán winery

Panoramic view of Arrayán winery

Bodegas Arrayán, Toledo

The winery's first vintage was released at the end of 2003. In 2009 oenologist Maite Sánchez joined the company and Arrayán began looking for old vines in the area with a view to adding autochthonous varieties to its range. The winery currently produces nine wines, six from their main estate La Verdosa, two garnachas from the Sierra de Gredos area plus an albillo real –rediscovered local white variety- from Almorox, Toledo.

Female winemaker Maite Sanchez at work at the vineyard

Female winemaker Maite Sanchez at work at the vineyard

La Verdosa is located in the north-western part of the province of Toledo, in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Retamar. The landscape is dotted with trees, mainly century-old holm oaks, whose deep shade shelters the abundant wildlife. Deer, wild boar, hare, partridge and majestic birds of prey all call the estate their home. The Alberche river runs along the valley, flanked by gently rolling hills. The area is covered in vegetation, predominantly rosemary, thyme, cistus and lavender. Because the area is not grazed, it may be one of the most authentic examples of this unique ecosystem. Garnacha vineyards are on the Sierra de Gredos mountains, close to the winery.

The vineyard was planted in 1999 at the north-west end of the estate, between 470 and 510 metres above sea level, after a meticulous survey and soil analysis. There are 26 hectares under vine, with the following varieties: shiraz (13.25 hectares), merlot (4.76 ha), cabernet sauvignon (4.1 ha) and petit verdot (2.57 ha). Each variety was planted in the best suited soil found for good wine vine growth. Vine density is 3,968 plants/hectare, which is unusually high for Spain; the vines are planted in pairs in a 2.8 x 1.6 metre grid to force deep rooting.

The soil is alluvial and originates from the erosion of the granite massifs in Spain's central plateau. It is basically sandy loam in the gullies with an acid pH and a high silicate content.

No chemical herbicides or fertilisers are used. Manure is used as natural fertiliser. Arrayán is organic certified since 2016.

Garnacha vineyards, 5 hectares in total, are located in two municipalities. The one in Cebreros (Ávila) is over 60 years old, located at an altitude of 980 metres on a 32 percent gradient. The soils are slate and the difference between day and night temperatures can exceed 20°C during the ripening phase. The other is located in El Real de San Vicente (Toledo) at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level. The soil is sandy, of granite origin with some quartz. The vines are 40 to 80 years old.

In Almorox, Toledo, Arrayán owns 2 hectares planted with albillo real, an autochthonous variety of which there are very few vines left in the area. The soil is sandy, of granite origin, and the vineyard is around 600 metres above sea level. The vines are more than 60 years old. The continental-Mediterranean climate is associated with large temperature variations, from harsh winters to hot summers. However, the risk of frost is minimal during the growing season.

Grapes are harvested mechanically and manually in 20 kg crates and then transported to the winery. Grape temperatures are lowered and evened out in a refrigerated trailer before reaching the winery. Bunches are hand sorted and vetted for health then destemmed and transferred to stainless steel or French oak small fermentation tanks. Except with the rosé, fermentation occurs spontaneously with the grapes' natural yeasts. Once complete, the wines are devatted and undergo malolactic fermentation in steel or wooden casks.

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