If you want to find ideal conditions to grow wine grapes, sometimes you have to go into the middle of nowhere. This is exactly what the Castaño family did in year 2000, when they set up the Sierra Salinas winery.
Already no strangers to remote locations – their successful Hecula and Solanera wines come from the arid plateau of Yecla – they were searching for the missing ingredient in their fine wine recipe, altitude. Altitude means cool breezes and cold nights, necessary for preserving aromatic intensity, balancing acidity and freshness. Add warm sunny days and low rainfall and you have the conditions to make wines that are ripe and friendly, but go that bit further, in intensity, complexity, balance and length.
At Sierra Salinas, all the conditions are reunited. Vineyards are planted on stony limestone soils at 650 to 680 metres above sea level, on the lower slopes of the eponymous mountain range that rises above to 1237 metres. Here, where Continental and Mediterranean climate influences meet, Monastrell (Mourvedre) from dry-farmed bush-vines is blended with Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, and local speciality Garnacha Tintorera to make a range of cuvées to suit different budgets, each offering stand-out quality or the price.
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