D.O.P. Cariñena is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley in Spain’s northeast region of Aragón, bordered by the Pyrenees and France to the north, and Catalunya to the east. The region’s prominent strategic situation as a gateway to the rest of Europe has long defined centuries of winemaking history, dating back to the Roman era. Planted at high altitude, the vineyards descend into dramatic windswept plains that benefit from extreme day-to-night temperature di!erences, ideal conditions for rich, expressive wines crafted from layers of rock, mineral, and earth.
CLIMATE AND TERROIR
The climate in Cariñena is extreme, with a landscape that rises from the Sistema Ibérico Mountains in the south, through the central plains and up to the Pyrenees in the north; altitude ranges of 1,300 feet for the lower vineyards and up to 2,600 feet result in favorable night-to-day temperature variations that contribute to aromatics and structure. Some of the oldest vines date back over a century, and reach deep through the rock to extract minerality and water reserves; plantings of 30 to 40 years of age are relatively common. The health of the vineyard is naturally regulated by the famous Cierzo winds. This strong, dry and usually cold wind blows from the north and keeps the grape canopy disease-free, greatly reducing the need for treatments.