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Dominio de Eguren
Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Dominio de Eguren is the value oriented project from the Eguren family. A family of viticulturists going back five generations to the 1870's, the Eguren family were responsible for founding Bodegas Sierra Cantabria in 1956.
The Eguren's philosophy has always revolved around viticulture, as their history lies firmly intertwined with the vineyards surrounding San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Pulling from five generations of viticultural knowledge, the Eguren family lease vineyards of Tempranillo, Bobal, Macabeo, and Airén in Manchuela (in southeast Spain) on long term contracts.
The wines are vinified at their winery in Manchuela, and are transported to Rioja, near the company's headquarters, for bottling and shipping. The result are extremely high quality honest value wines from one of Spain's most respected winemaking families.
Most of the vineyards for the Dominio de Eguren project are leased on long term contracts in Manchuela. The Eguren controls and lowers the yields as much as possible on these trellised vineyards planted in calcareous-clay soils in order to produce high quality wines. A significant percentage of the production is also sourced from their young vineyards in Rioja and Toro, planted with old clone massal selection Tempranillo and Tinta de Toro, before the vines are deemed old enough to be used for the estate bottled wines.
Poor calcareous clay soils with a high proportion of limestone. The surface is spotted with pebbles, resulting in good surface drainage.
The viticulture is sustainable - without the use of irrigation, fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The vines are dry farmed. They are planted on trellises, but are cared for to reduce yields as much as possible with the intent of increasing the concentration of the berries.
The grapes undergo a short cold maceration and are pressed and vinified in stainless steel. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures to retain the natural aromatics of the Macabeo. Cold stabilized and bottled early in the season to preserve freshness.