A good wine always starts with meticulous work in the vineyards. This is why the winery’s greatest treasure is our 250 hectares of vineyards, which we carefully cultivate throughout the year, mainly according to criteria of organic agriculture.
More than 700 metres above sea level, at Finca Casa Los Pozos, the winery works with the most treasured local grape variety: Monastrell. The land is mostly calcareous with a semi-permeable layer of limestone on top that helps lock in moisture to help the vines withstand long periods of drought.
Monastrell (red-wine grapes with small, tightly bunched clusters) is the variety that best adapts to the conditions in Jumilla, as it needs a warm climate to ripen properly and tolerates the lack of rain very well. It ripens very well, given the ease with which both sunlight and air can penetrate its scarce foliage. The many hours of sunlight and abrupt temperature changes, with hot summer days and cool nights plus intensely cold winters with temperatures often dropping below freezing at night, give the Monastrell grapes a high concentration of essential components, allowing us to make powerful, deeply coloured wines with great structure and aromatic complexity.
Monastrell vines are not irrigated and require large swaths of land, as it is a low-yield grape that is harvested by hand in a “back-breaking” process.
Monastrell, in general, doesn’t need phytosanitary treatment, as it is highly resistant to cryptogams. The dry, arid climate of the region also helps in this regard. So, we can grow the grapes organically without any of the much-feared infestations vines are prone to in damper areas.
Although we mainly work with Monastrell here at Bodegas Bleda, we also grow other varieties that are approved by the D.O.P. Jumilla, including red grapes Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Grenache and the whites Sauvignon Blanc, Airén and Macabeo. Given the unique climate and soil conditions on our land, these varieties develop more intense flavours and different nuances than those grown in other areas.
Unlike the Monastrell plots, our Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown on trellises with drip irrigation on lands surrounding the winery in the Valle de Omblancas. This makes them less susceptible to diseases caused by excess water and allows us to make sustainable use of the region’s limited resources.