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    Bodegas Nekeas

    Vega Sindoa Merlot

    Spain, Navarra, Navarra


    Winery Overview

    Bodegas Nekeas was founded in 1990 as a result of a collaboration between the Lizarraga, Urricelqui, Sola, Lacunza, San Martín, Huarte, Erviti and Echarte families. These families, friends for decades and native to Navarra, all have rich histories based in viticulture. After the industrialization of Navarran viticulture and winemaking in the latter half of the 20th century, the current president of the winery, Francisco (Paco) San Martín, united the families and proposed the foundation of Nekeas, which, apart from uniting the current family's estates, would involve the planting of 160 Ha. of vineyards and the construction of a winery in the Nekeas valley outside of Añorbe. The estate has grown to be recognized as a figurehead of quality in Navarra, especially due to its commitment towards viticulture and the cultivation of old vineyards of indigenous Garnacha.


    The oldest vineyards are Garnacha, planted in clay based soils at 600M in elevation between 80 and 130 years ago. There are 40 separate tiny plots of old clones of indigenous Garnacha. The majority of the Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay were planted in 1990 on trellises, although there are several small plots of Cabernet Sauvignon that are pre-phylloxeric.


    The vineyards are planted in clay soils on the slopes of the Nekeas Valley.


    The vineyards of Merlot are planted on trellises. They are sustainably cared for without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. They are dry farmed, as well.


    The grapes are destemmed and undergo fermentation and maturation in stainless steel tanks.

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