Saturday, October 20, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Utiel-Requena wineries (II): Aranleon - Organic Wines

The winery ARANLEÓN was built in 1927 in the small village of Los Marcos, 100 km West from the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Valencia. The elaboration of the wines is still being done in its majority in the old tile fermentation vats which have now been recovered with epoxy resin.

We are using as well stainless steel vats of 4000 litres capacity and barrels of 400 litres for selected fermentations. In 2006 were finalised the enlargement construction works of the new winery to which we access through our particular “time tunnel” digged in an old vat.

There, in the new winery, we have located our barrels made with Hungarian and French oak as well as the bottling line, our warehouse and the social area.At this stage, our winery could be defined as a “gravity flow winery” where the flow of grapes/wines take place gently by gravity from 0 m at the entrance of the grapes to level minus 9 meters where the barrels and the bottling line are hosted and from which the wine is shipped.
In the new underground winery, the temperature and the humidity are constant throughout the year which helps preserve the wines.

ARANLEÓN owns 120 Has. of organic vineyards split in four different Fincas: Montesanco in the Fontanars Valley, Casa de las Vides in Utiel, El Churro y Los Rincones in La Portera. Our vineyards are grouped in planted at 750-770 meters of altitude on hilly slopes. Out of the 120 Has, 90 Has are old bush vines of our 40 years old in a non irrigated sandy and poor soil the local grape varieties of Bobal, Monastrell, Tempranillo and Macabeo.

The remaining vineyards amounting 30 Has were planted in trellis in 1998 with drip irrigation on a light white clay and sandy soil, the international varieties; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Marselan, Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc.

Our viticulture is based on the constant work on each vine to achieve the right yields based on lose grapes, small and well aerated berries which increase the potential of the fruit. When approaching the vineyard we consider it as a whole and think of it as system which is alive and is in constant evolution following soil, climate and human factors.
The sensitivity of ARANLEÓN is clearly organic and from the beginning we have eliminated the use of herbicides and pesticides and we have rationalised the irrigation. Starting from the vintage 2007 our vineyards have been certified  organic.

The three Aranleon signature wines are from the D.O. Utiel-Requena.
Bodega Aranleon
Ctra. De Caudete s/n,
46310 Los Marcos (Valencia)

Tel:  +34 96 3631640 ;

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