VENTA LA VEGA
ALMANSA - SPAIN
The 225 hectares of organic vineyards located at the foothills of the legendary mountains of Almansa known as El Mugrón are the largest single planting of the Garnacha Tintorera variety in Europe. This privileged location has abundant water and excellent soil, with a natural micro-climate that guarantees suitable conditions for organic production of the singular wines that collectively became Bodegas Venta la Vega Territorio Ecologico in 2017. The estate where Bodegas Venta la Vega is located includes more than 850 hectares of organic farm land in the mountainous limestone area of Almansa. Altitudes of 1200 metres encourage the creation of distinct, natural micro-climates that enable the land to be farmed using techniques that do not involve any chemical treatments or additives.
José Ángel Martínez from Envínate and Raúl Pérez from Bierzo are in charge of the winemaking. With two of the leading figures in the new and radical oenological movement in Spain at the helm, expections should be very high! Garnacha Tintorera is the main protagonist at Venta la Vega, finding its greatest expression in 'Ternario', a limited collection of three progressively more evolved organic wines that are all based on the essence of this native variety that is widely appreciated today.
Venta La Vega ‘Adaras Aldea’ Garnacha-Syrah 2019
Certified organic and exceptionally packaged, this is Raul’s most accessibly priced wine to date. Garnacha with a small addition of Syrah, aged three months in old oak. Vibrant, lifted fruit character and impeccable balance of acid and fruit intensity. Elegant, fresh, new wave Grenache at it’s best.
Venta La Vega ‘Adaras Calizo’ Garnacha Tintorera 2019
Wine Advocate - “The young red 2019 Adaras Calizo was produced with Garnacha Tintorera grapes grown on the limestone soils where it can express Mediterranean character with good freshness. The abundant rain during the harvest presented plenty of challenges, but the wines have low alcohol (13.3%) and more freshness, expressing the variety. It fermented with part of full clusters in stainless steel and matured in concrete and oak vats for six months. It's juicy and fresh, relatively light for the variety, fruit-driven and very pleasant, with fine tannins, clean and easy to drink. Very drinkable.”
Venta La Vega ‘Ternario 1’ 2016
Wine Advocate - “The 2016 Ternario 1, a wine of a range of three produced with Garnacha Tintorera grapes, the most planted grape in the zone, but each from different soils. This comes from a 25-year-old trellised and ungrafted plot on clay and limestone soils with limestone mother rock. It fermented with some full clusters in stainless steel and concrete vats with a long maceration (one and a half months). The wine matured in a combination of concrete tanks (30%) and used barriques for ten months. This is the one with a younger and fresher profile and with more fruit character, a more serious version of the Adara Calcáreo, with very good drinkability and freshness. It's juicy and the tannins are quite polished, with the chalky texture of the limestone soils.”
Venta La Vega ‘Ternario 2’ 2016
Wine Advocate - “The second pure Garnacha Tintorera is the 2016 Ternario 2, from a large plot planted ungrafted 20 years ago. It fermented with a long maceration with part of full clusters and matured in used oak barrels for ten months. This is possibly the most classic of the three Ternarios, with a little more influence from the oak but with good freshness. It has some dusty tannins and spicy flavors, a little earthy. It has nice balance and it's easy to drink, but it should be better with food.”
Venta La Vega ‘Ternario 10’ 2016
Wine Advocate - “The 2016 Ternario 10 is also Garnacha Tintorera from a specific plot within the same vineyard that produces the Ternario 2. In this case, it fermented with full clusters in two oak vats with a long maceration and matured in 4,000-liter oak foudre and 500-liter barrels for ten months. This is the one with more complexity and depth, a more serious red. I'm surprised by how little rusticity the Garnacha Tintorera shows here and how well adapted it is to this zone of Mediterranean climate and limestone-based soils. It should be long lived, as it has enough concentration, stuffing and balance to age gracefully. Combining power with finesse, this is a surprisingly elegant Garnacha Tintorera, one of the finest produced in Spain so far. 2016 was a year that delivered fresh wines.”