Campos de Luz
GARNACHA AS THE INSPIRATION
Campos de Luz,
Garnacha and more
It all began with a search for Garnacha, hunting up and down the Ebro valley looking for a rough diamond. Quality. Flavour. Value. And above all, people.
A short introduction video about our wine
Campos de Luz, the Place
The River Ebro is the major river in the north-east of Spain and the largest river in Spain to run into the Mediterranean. Along its length there are many wine growing regions, many of them growing Garnacha, starting with the region of Rioja, below the city of Logroño. From there it flows through the lower part of Navarra and then on past Campo de Borja, Calatayud and Cariñena… way on down towards the Priorat (just 4km at the nearest point), Tarragona and to the sea.
Garnacha from the valley
of the Ebro, the mediterranean grape
The Ebro is one of Spain’s great wine rivers. It winds its way through and past many wine regions, like Rioja, Navarra and Priorat, but also the lesser-known Cariñena, in the province of Aragón.
Along its length, Garnacha has been grown for many generations, and is still the key variety for the DO Cariñena, where it makes up 60% of all vineyards.
In many regions, this variety has been substituted by many farmers by Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, reacting to market trends to the extent that little more than half of the original old vineyards of Garnacha remain, giving small bunches of intensely fruity grapes capable of producing excellent wines with a marked personality and soft tannins – just what the market is looking for!
The vineyard is one single estate of 150 Ha. Part of it is planted with 40 to 80 year Garnacha bush vines and another part is more recently planted, including plots of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Muscat and Chardonnay. The Macabeo we use comes from cooler, mountain vineyards about 5 km away. All new plantations, including those of Garnacha, are trained using a Cordon Royat system which allows mechancial harvesting and have drip irrigation systems installed to allow the ripening process to be perfectly controlled.
Built in 2003, the winery is located at one end of this large estate. This winery has all the latest technology and is designed for ease of work to ensure efficient production, keeping costs to a minimum. On the outside, the architectural style of the winery harks back to the Mudejar style, which reached its peak in Aragón in the fifteenth century.