The wine region of Aragón is located just south of the Rioja and Navarra wine regions and in between Barcelona and Madrid. Like in Rioja and Navarra, the Ebro River and its vast valleys makes up much of the land under vine. To the north of the river is the largest appellation Somotanoro and to the South lies the three smaller Aragón appellations of Cariñena, Calatayud and Campo de Borja.
Somontano means ”at the foot of the mountain” – as ”Piemonte” does in Italian. In the case of Somontano its name refers to the Pyrenees rather than the Alps. Somontano is today one of the most sought after Spanish appellations. This reputation is impressive since Somontano is one of the youngest appellations in Spain, approved only in 1984. That said, first the Romans and later in the Middle Ages, priest and monks, had build up a very good foundation for winemaking in Aragón.
In Somontano winemakers use an expansive artillery of native and non-native red and white grapes – the reds being Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Moristel, Parraleta, Tempranillo, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with whites made on Macabeo, Garnacha blanca, Alcañón, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. Fun fact: “French” Chardonnay and “German” Gewürztraminer makes up as much as 20% of total wine production in Somontano.
Southeast of Aragón’s regional capital Zaragoza is the appellation of Cariñena. Grapes used here are more conventional to Spain –Granacha and Tempranillo leads the reds and Viura the whites – but Cariñena is firmly established as one of the pioneers of quality winemaking in Spain.
Also east of Zaragoza we find Calatayud – the youngest appellation in Aragón – as well as Campo de Borja with its’ hallmark complex wines made from old vines (among these a few 100 point wines). As in the rest of Aragón – with the exception of Somontano – Granacha reign supreme as choice of grape in wine production.
Grenacha – and Grenacha driven blends – pair perfectly with grilled, stewed and braised meats like beef, veal, game, pork and also chicken, as well as hearty dishes like cassoulet and gently spiced Asian foods.
A fresh style Arogon white Viura pairs amazingly with light sea fares as well as gazpacho.
We are a Spanish winery located at Paniza (Zaragoza) in territory of the Cariñena Designation of Origin, an asssociation of wineries regulated by a common rules about the way to make our wines, guaranteing its high quality. Our region, where mountains rise up, the weather is perfect to grow vines. This fact is known since mor than 2,000 years, and nowadays we continue the tradition, making some of the better and more awarded Spanish wines.
Sers means north wind. A strong, cold, dry north-easterly wind determines the lives of the plants here, forcing them to struggle against the dryness that it causes. It can be felt in every season of the year although it mostly occurs in winter and spring. Only our own vineyards. Only 12 hectares on the best estates : La Morera. Only vines worked with the respect that the earth deserves. Only vineyards that know the sun, rain, ice, wind and Somontano D.O.P. Only 8 deposits. Only 100 barrels . Only expert hands . Only job and then silence . Only?
Vinos del Viento
Vinos Del Viento are boutique hand-crafted wines by winemaker Michael Cooper in the 4 Designations of Origin of Aragón (Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Calatayud and Somontano) using the indigenous grape varieties of Garnacha and Cariñena. All the vineyards used for these wines are from high altitudes, with dry-farmed vineyards, respecting the environment and with a minimal intervention in the winemaking. The philosophy is to express the fruit, the purity of the fruit and the varieties and to create wines that are original, one of a kind, limited production.