Feb 13 2023

The Garnacha Históricas Project in Campo de Borja: highlights from the Taste Spain – WS Annual Tasting 2023.

By Peter McCombie MW.

Garnacha is shaking off its work horse reputation in Spain. Even though it only represents 7% of planting, it was seen as ubiquitous, certainly in northeast and central Spain.

Vineyard (zona de La Seca)

There are three zones within Campo de Borja, which run in more or less parallel bands, between the Ebro and the mountains. Closest to the river is the lowest area, which is between 350 and 450 metres above sea level, with brownish-grey limestone soils. Here Garnacha matures earliest; the wines are warm, powerful and very aromatic.

The middle area includes vineyards situated between 450 and 550 metres above sea level which have the largest concentration and density. Soils are stony and ferrous-clay, on gentle slopes with good exposure to the sun. Here the wines are complex, intense, structured and fleshy.

The highest area, in the foothills of the Moncayo mountain sees vineyards from 550 to 700 metres above sea level, producing wines that are fine, subtle and elegant.

I’ll be talking about the Garnacha Históricas project and showcasing a range of exciting Garnachas from high and old vineyards at the Wines from Spain Annual tasting on 28th February. Come and see what the excitement is about!

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