The Azul y Garanza vineyards begin in the lunar landscaped
Bardenas Reales Natural Park. Founders Dani Sánchez, María Barrena and Fernando Barrena work with
“landscapes” – not merely vineyards - with each of their plots enjoying as much biological diversity as
this harsh climate will allow. The surrounding plants, shrubs, trees, and animal/insect life play as much a
part to the success of the grapes as the vines themselves. Winemaking is quite natural – the widespread,
almost exclusive use of concrete vats, natural yeasts and gentle hands.
Shallow, clay-traced soils, with minimal water, and irregular, almost non-existent
rainfall, as well as extreme contrasts in temperature between day and night. Due to these singular
geoclimatic conditions, the vines offer a naturally low production of small grapes that have a high
concentration and a perfect equilibrium. Dani and María are passionate about organic farming and
have additionally invested in farming their vineyards 100% organically, without the use of pesticides,
insecticides, or chemical fertilizers that wear out the soil.
Certified organic and hand picked grapes from the Murillo and Santa Cara
vineyards that are an average age of 15 years old on clay-calcareous at 400 meters.
The grapes undergo a 10 day, wild yeast fermentation in concrete
tanks and 10 day maceration period which is followed by brief aging in concrete tank until
bottling and release.
Fresh, dry and delicious, making the case for bigger is better (at
least in terms of volume). Bright aromatics of red cherries and raspberries give way to copious
amounts of strawberry and hints of cedar on the palate.