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Grape Varieties: The Uniqueness of Finca Antigua (III)

Finca Antigua is a wonderful landscape owned by the Martínez Bujanda Family. With a surface area of one thousand hectares, 420 of which are vineyards coexisting with an extraordinary vegetable and animal biodiversity which make Finca Antigua an exceptional and unique place for wine-growing. It is located between Cuenca and Toledo, at a height of 900 metres, where it is cultivated in almost extreme conditions due to the extraordinary thermal oscillation between summer and winter and between day and night.

In La Mancha, the main varieties considered to be autochthonous are the Cencibel (a synonym of Tempranillo), in red wines, and Airén, in white wines. There are also autochthonous Garnachas, with which we make the Viuras variety, another Finca Antigua mono-varietal, and Muscatel, which we use to make our Naturally Sweet Wines.At Finca Antigua, we grow Tempranillo, which we also release onto the market as a variety, but Airén is an extraordinarily productive grape, found mainly in the large extensions of Castile La Mancha, so that the Martínez Bujanda Family does not consider it to be ideal for the production of quality wines. La Mancha is the wine-growing pantry of the Old World (with 600,000 hectares of vineyards) and at Finca Antigua, in addition to Tempranillo (Cencibel), autochthonous Garnacha and Muscatel, we are committed to some of the world’s most cultivated international grape variety.

The great potential of an estate with 420 hectares of vineyards (different soils, altitudes and almost extreme climate) enables us to experiment and work with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot, all of which are internationally renowned grapes which we market at Finca Antigua with a collection of varieties, in which we invite you to taste the personality of each one.

 

Clavis deserves special mention, the great wine of the Martínez Bujanda Family, prepared exclusively with the grapes of the Pico Garbanzo plot at Finca Antigua, a small extension of four hectares combining old stocks with a pot-pourri of eight varieties (Garnacha, Cabernet, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir…) which are not replanted or replaced with stocks until the vine ‘dies’. In this case, the combination makes the terroir itself (field blend).

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