Campos de Risca
Campos de Risca, from the kingdom of Monastrell
A wine which not so much grown as mined, extracted from the least promising of soils. “Risca” is a local word for the uncompromisingly tough soil and an even tougher climate. Growing grapes organically in south-east Spain is almost the only option.
The best grape to withstand this withering climate is Monastrell, adapted over centuries to this harsh landscape. The thick skins protect the precious juice and once ripe, into early autumn, give thick red tannins to the wine.
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Campos de Risca
Campos de Risca, the Place
Wedged between the edge of the central plateau of Spain and the easterly mediterranean coast which pushes up to it, this area is known in Spain as ‘levante’, literally the land of the rising sun. It is as far from the rain-laden Atlantic fronts as it is possible to be, so every single drop has to be cared for and appreciated.
Vineyards and wines
Monastrell: a survivor. Nothing else grows, no weeds, no flowers, no grasses. Just the toughest of vines plunging their roots down into the soil to extract drops of moisture to create these tough little grapes.
The grapes for Campos de Risca come from several different vineyards in the south of Jumilla. With such a low rainfall and tough soils, these are low bush vines which barely grow to waist height.
Built in 2003, this winery is the third build by the Pachecos, one for each generation of this wine-making family. Using the stainless steel tanks, the grapes are fermented with a gentle extraction to give rich, fully-flavoured wines with a well-structured backbone.