History of Bodegas Arrayán

History of Bodegas Arrayán

Bodegas Arrayán was founded in 1999 as a personal project of entrepreneur José María Entrecanales and his wife, María Marsans, on their estate, La Verdosa, which is located in Santa Cruz de Retamar, Toledo.

To this end, renowned Australian viticulturist, Richard Smart, was commissioned to perform an exhaustive study of the terrain, soil, and climate in order to choose the optimal exposures, orientations and varieties in accordance with the winery's goals. Planting of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot commenced in the section of the vineyard with the highest altitude, in harmony with the holm oak trees scattered around the estate.

The winery's first vintage went on sale at the end of 2003

The appointment of Maite Sánchez as oenologist in 2009 marked a new era for Arrayán in terms of both the process of making its existing wines and her focus on adding autochthonous varieties to our range.

Her priority since then has been to enable the vines to bring out the full expression of each terroir. To achieve this, our vine-growing practices are environmentally-friendly, without herbicides or pesticides, in order to favour biodiversity and balance.

The same approach is applied to winemaking: fermentation occurs spontaneously using the grapes' natural yeasts, without any added products, the goal being to achieve the maximum purity and personality. The fundamental process of ageing takes place in appropriate vats to prioritise the expression of the fruit, using casks of different sizes from a range of coopers.

The grapes from each vineyard are processed separately so as to bring out the personality of each estate and village. This approach results in the wines from the 'La Verdosa' estate and those from the other villages where we have vineyards: Almorox, where the vineyards for Arrayán Albillo Real are located; El Real de San Vicente, where we harvest the grapes for La Suerte de Arrayán; and Cebreros, where the grapes for Garnacha de Arrayán are grown.

The huge differences in soil, variety, altitude and exposure give rise to each wine's unique personality.

Philosophy
Projects

Projects

Spain has a wealth of grape genetics. However, the industry focuses on just a few varieties, with the result that this diversity is in danger. In order to research the potential of some varieties now classified as marginal but which were once grown on our lands, we grafted eight under-represented autochthonous varieties, which were located with the assistance of the IVICAM (Wine and Vine Institute of Castilla-La Mancha):

Grafting took place in 2014 and 2015. Sufficient vines were grafted to provide a cask of experimental wine per variety. These varieties' ability to adapt to the terrain and the quality of their wine will be analysed in the coming years.

Madrid Technical University's Viticulture Research Group, supported by CDTI, joined the project in 2017. They began to work with us on the PEVIMEN project (Survey of the oenological potential of minority grape varieties in the Méntrida denomination of origin), which is funded by ERDF and will take place over three vintages on 1 hectare of experimental vines located in the winery's own vineyards.

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