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Everything You Need to Know About Cariñena
It may be one of Spain’s lesser-known wine regions, but interest in Cariñena is on the rise. Local winemakers have recently captured the attention of international wine professionals and consumers alike, and increasing demand for their single-varietal and blended wines has prompted producers to focus on new bottlings. The majority of Cariñena’s wines are made from Garnacha grapes—the region offers a diverse array of styles, from steely, aromatic wines cultivated in high-altitude vineyards to ripe, robust expressions from the lower elevations.
Quick Facts About Cariñena
With its rich history, wealth of old vines, and unbeatable value, Spain’s second-oldest wine region should be on every buyer’s radar. Cariñena is the origin of the Garnacha and Cariñena grapes, and winemaking dates to the Roman era. Vines average 40 years and up to a century in age. Renowned for its ancient stone soils, big sky, and gnarly vines, Cariñena is located in the Ebro Valley in the Aragón region, half-way between Barcelona and Madrid. High elevations support a diversity of vineyard plantings.
Garnacha from Cariñena offers style, balance, and flavor (think strawberry, raspberry, black cherry) – all for excellent value. Cariñena produces food-friendly wines from superstar Garnacha and Cariñena grapes, as well as Tempranillo and Macabeo. Cava and organic wines are on the rise.
Cariñena By the Numbers
- Cariñena is home to more old-vine Garnacha than any other region in Spain, including 100 year-old vines
- Exports to the U.S. have increased 400% since the 1990s
- In 1932, Cariñena, together with Rioja and other leading areas, created the first Spanish Denominations of Origin
- More than 40 percent of vines in Cariñena are 20+ years old
- Cariñena is the only grape in the world that takes its namesake from its place of origin
Wineries to Watch
Founded in 1944, Bodegas San Valero is the oldest winery in the Cariñena region and represents 500 growers. Over 70% of plantings are dedicated to indigenous grapes, a wealth of old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena.
Representing 700 families of winegrowers and one-third of the region’s vines, Grandes Vinos produces wines from grapes grown throughout the region’s 14 municipalities. 33% of the winery’s production is dedicated to Garnacha.
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