Aldea de Adaras Monastrell
The magic triangle – water, earth and air – is the fundamental basis of Almanseñas winemaking and eco-philosophy.
The Bodega specialises in the traditional vines of the region. Aldea is 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre). The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring “its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water” – it needs very warm weather, a low leaf to fruit ratio but adequate water to produce intensely flavoured fruit that is not overly jammy or herbaceous.
Vinified and aged mainly in steel tanks, though 20% has 6-8 months in new French oak barrels, creating a full, fruit driven and spicy wine.
About the Producer
Almanseñas is a modern winery based in the Venta la Vega estate, named after a famous ancient hostelry on the Camino Real route. The winery is located in a privileged natural environment near the town of Almansa (Albacete). It is a land rich in water, with excellent farmland and a perfect atmosphere that generates the ideal conditions to give life to unique and expressive wines.
The 215ha of vineyards are on limestone soils with pebbles on the surface and have sandy rather than clay areas. Over 100ha are planted with Monastrell and Garnacha. The average height is 850m above sea level and the climate is a mixture of Continental and Mediterranean.
The Mugron, the legendary mountain formation, is responsible for containing rainfall in the form of storms, avoiding damage to the integrity of the vine, while acting as a natural barrier to pests, creating a special microclimate that makes the land be cultivated in a natural and ecological way, without any chemical or added treatment. At the top of ‘El Mugrón’, you can find evidence of past civilizations including the ancient Iberian settlement of Castellar de Meca.