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Bodegas Bernabeleva, Spain

In the centre of Spain, a stone’s throw west of Madrid, is Bodegas Bernabeleva.

At the feet of the Cerro de Guisando and Gredos mountains this winery lets its vines stretch out their roots through the thin infertile sandy soils, formed from decomposed granite, to cling on to life. Four generations have tended these old hardy vines that have repaid the care and attention with quality fruit hand harvested from the organically managed vineyards. Plots of Garnacha, Albillo and Moscatel de Grano Menudo are vinified separately, neither fined nor filtered to ensure that both the land and love shown shine through.

Viticulture

Four generations have tended these old hardy vines that have repaid the care and attention with quality fruit hand harvested from the organically managed vineyards. Plots of Garnacha, Albillo and Moscatel de Grano Menudo.

Winemaking

All plots are vinified separately and reds macerated for 30 days before both red and white are aged in mostly old French oak.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Organically managed vineyards on gnarly old bush vines, which suit the Grenache variety perfectly.
  • The wines from this producer fall in the Vinos de Madrid category but as we are discovering with other Grenache/ Garnacha specialists, this variety, when cared for properly like at Bernabeleva produce
  • The winery's approach to making wine is a minimal intervention one. Doing only what is necessary to produce good wine, using the native yeasts for fermentation.