Marañones

Jose Fernandez Cornejo
Madrid

Farm with 20 ha of vineyards aged between 30 and 70 years, located in the Sierra de Gredos in the San Martin de Valdeiglesias area, 70 km west of Madrid. Fernando Garcia Alonso with the support of Alvar de Dios has been cultivating the Garnacha, Syrah and Albillo (white) vines naturally since 2007 when owner Jose Fernandez Cornejo asked Fernando to take care of the farm. Like Marc Isart, a colleague at Bodega Bernabeleva or Daniel Jimenez Landi, Marañones contributed to the new movement of wines from the Madrid area, recognized at the beginning in the Anglo-Saxon countries and then within Spain. The high altitudes, the old strains of very well-rooted vines conducted in pots, the minerality conferred by the more or less deep granitic soils, the varied exhibitions give wines that are both Mediterranean and equally digestible. Winemaking seeks to highlight the mineral complexity of autochthonous varieties instead of potency and wood.

The farm’s name comes from the plant called Arañon (or Endrino) in the spontaneous zone (Prunus spinosa) in the lands of San Martin. The production is divided between a regional wine (30000 maravedies in red, Picarana in white), a farm wine (Marañones in red) and “finca” or parcel wines (Piedescalzos in white, Peña Caballera, Labros in red) and a monovarietal wine based on an ancient Morenillo grape called Dario.

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