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Arrayán wines seek to express the specific features of a range of landscapes. Every process, from the vineyard to the winery, is handled with care: ecological growing practices, hand harvesting, grape selection, spontaneous fermentation (no oenological products added) and ageing attuned to the needs of each variety to obtain the purest expression of personality. The result is a range of fine, elegant wines.
These wines are produced from vineyards located in Santa Cruz del Retamar, Toledo, in the DOP Méntrida, and other old vines in nearby towns in the province of Toledo and Ávila (Cebreros), in the Gredos mountains.
Since José María Entrecanales and María Marsans planted the first vines on the La Verdosa estate in 1999, the winery's range of wines has expanded to include autochthonous varieties.
Arrayán seeks to bring out the expression of the terroir in a range of varieties. To this end, growing practices are environmentally-friendly, without herbicides or pesticides, in order to favour biodiversity and balance. The vines grow in sandy, granite and slate soils at a range of altitudes. There are old Albillo and Garnacha vines — local varieties from Méntrida and the Gredos mountains — and more recent plantations of other varieties.
The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers. The old vines' acclimatisation to the soil and the altitude is essential to extend the growing season and favour a slower ripening.