“La Jaraba” is in the heart of La Mancha, halfway between the provinces of Albacete and Cuenca, in the historic rural area it’s named after and where 80 hectares of unique vineyards are surrounded by 92 hectares of low mountain holm oak woodland and pine forests. Its location means it enjoys its own distinctive micro-climate, which, together with the high mineral content in the soil from the area’s river origins, helps produce wines that are intense, aromatic and generous, with marked mineral notes and balsamic aromas.
The “Pago de La Jaraba” venture came about in the mid-1990s with the idea of recovering the good name of the wines that the area was once well known for and earning it a great reputation as a renowned wine-producing landscape on the national and international scene. Francisco Fernández, Technical Director, and a member of the family who owns the winery, says “from the outset, wine was a fundamental part of the venture, as here on the estate we also make Manchego D.O. Artisan Cheese and Extra Virgin Olive Oil”.
La Jaraba wines are first and foremost a fantastic example of what the French call terroir wines. They comprise a very Spanish and inimitable Tempranillo, flanked by the foreign and very typically Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The ageing of these wines in casks and in the bottle shapes their organoleptic features, turning them into real sensory giants. The result is ripe picota cherry red wines with a medium to high intensity, with aromas of red and black berries, full-bodied and meaty in the mouth… as Francisco Fernandez comments, “our task is to bottle the history and countryside of La Jaraba in every vintage”.