Monasterio de las Viñas Wines
“Grandes Vinos y Viñedos’ collection is replete with stunning values! All of their Carinena holdings are bush vines over 45 years of age. Its main brand is labeled Monasterio de las Vinas.”
For many centuries, the Aguarón region, which encompasses what is known today as Cariñena, was producing wines of such high quality that even the royal wine for King Carlos IV was sourced here. The Aguarón region became an important source of grapes to the French wine industry in the 1860s, after Phylloxera had started its destruction of the French vineyards. Many French merchants started moving south and renting wineries and vineyards in Aguarón in order to supply the enormous demand for grapes and wine across the border. Cariñena experienced many years of prosperity but after the Phylloxera plague in France was coming to an end, most of the French merchants went back home. The sudden drop in demand from France resulted in a crisis for the region, shortly followed by the tumultuous political years of the 1920s and the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Desperation and a dire need for change eventually caused a local priest to lead the creation of the San Jose de Aguarón cooperative, known today as Grandes Vinos y Viñedos, which translates to Great Wines & Vineyards.
“A ripe, sexy bouquet of mulled cherries, dried herbs, earth, and melted licorice. Rounded, supple and polished on the palate, it's another mouthful of a wine that over-delivers [Old Vine Garnacha Special Selection].” Wine Advocate
Grandes Vinos y Viñedos is the most prominent producer of wine in the Cariñena appellation, which is one of the oldest protected wine regions in Europe, created in 1932. Cariñena is also the birthplace of the grape variety with the same name, better known in France as Carignan. The driving force behind the co-operative is to promote the appellation of Cariñena, to offer wines of high quality, showing their Terroir, at outstanding prices. In addition to the various co-operative members, the company's shareholders also include the Government of Aragón.
“This polished red shows harmony and balance, with black cherry, plum, black olive, licorice and mineral notes mingling over light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity [Gran Reserva].” Wine Advocate
Monasterio de las Viñas Reserva 2015
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING91 / 100
Monasterio de las Viñas Old Vine Garnacha Special Selection 2016
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING93 / 100
Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva 2012
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING94 / 100
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