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Bodegas Arrayán makes wine in the appellation of Mentrida in the province of Toledo (in Castile-La Mancha) and was founded by the current proprietors, husband and wife José María Entrecanales and María Marsans, and celebrated its first vintage in 2003. Renowned viticultural scientist Dr Richard Smart was enlisted to carry out a study of the land prior to it being planted with a combination of international and indigenous grape varieties. Among the latter group, the white Albillo Real is of particular interest, in part because of its obscurity, but mostly because it is giving such superb results! We also have the good fortune to bring you La Suerte, which encapsulates just why Garnacha is among the hippest varietals on the planet at present. Arrayán is located near the town of Santa Cruz de Retamar, just an hour’s drive from Madrid. Snow here is not uncommon, nor are summer temperatures approaching forty degrees – challenges which keep winemaker Maite Sanchéz and her team on their toes.