Learn more about Calatayud
Calatayud, situated 100km southwest of the city of Zaragoza, is Aragons second largest wine-producing region after Cariñena. It is the hottest and driest part of the northern Ebro Valley, and quality vineyards are located in higher altitudes (400-900m) to survive from the scorching heat.
Since the late 1990s, it has made significant upgrades in wine-making facilities and vineyard management practices, and has now emerged as the second most successful DO in Aragon, behind Somontano, although it has yet to realise any significant progress in the export markets.
Garnacha is the signature grape of the DO (over 60% of the vineyards), supplemented by Tempranillo, Mazuela, and new plantings of Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah. A new category of young red wines coax the qualities and the complex character of old vines. This new category under the name Calatayud Superior uses Garnacha Tinta grapes from very low-yielding vines that are at least fifty years old.
The principal white grape is Malvasia, and a small percentage of Chardonnay, Macabeo vines are also found in the region.
The wines are crafted in a modern, fruity style and represent excellent value for money.