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1 box contains 4.5l of organic Garnacha red wine
6 x Organic La Garnacha de Mustiguillo red wine: It's a wine with a vibrant cherry red colour, delicate attack with finesse, elegant and fresh thanks to its acidity, aromas of red fruit and floral notes
It combines perfectly with meat-based rice dishes with vegetables or stews and oily fish
Manual harvest, aged for twelve months in French oak barrels
This wine can be savoured now or over the next five years: Store the bottles horizontally whenever possible and find a place that has a relatively stable temperature
Limited harvest. Home delivery included.
Delivery country United Kingdom
Final price: 97.87€
Final price: 97.87€
Antonio Sarrión Martínez
In 1972, my family bought Finca El Terrerazo. For decades it was simply used as a holiday home and an extensive agricultural and livestock farm.
I spent a good part of my childhood and teenage years surrounded by that landscape. For a while, I left the farm behind. Like so many young people from the highlands of Utiel and Requena, I studied Business Management and Administration and then worked for a few years in different industries, including banking, tableware and -with my father - public construction. In short, I was heading down the serious path of life, but it wasn't really my thing and one day I decided to head off in a different direction.
I think that most things are very simple. Nothing is rocket science. Humans have always felt the need to make a mark. A certain footprint of their life on earth. And there are no deeper and longer-lasting footprints than those left in the ground. Because they mark out a path that others can follow. And that gives a deep meaning to life. A legacy.
And that was the path I decided to take in the mid-1990s. I went back home to Requena and started studying Oenology and Viticulture. At the same time, I visited the most important wine-growing areas in the world and drank from the fountain of knowledge, being taken aback at seeing how some of the best wines are made with local grapes. With the grapes native to each region. And that's when I realised what the secret was. And I had it within reach. But it was never going to be an easy journey. To the bafflement of the local community, I decided to introduce a series of unprecedented and revolutionary ideas to winemaking in the region, such as ordering a soil map or using plant-based covers to restore the soil's natural balance. Without forgetting the fact that I eschewed the idea of the number of kilos per hectare to focus on the leaf area of each vineyard. As if a single vine were an entire plot. I implemented green harvesting to regulate and select the bunches, with the first vintages individually influencing all the bunches that end up in our wines. But I went even further. I decided to embark upon an uncertain adventure like few others had done. The idea wasn't to turn Mustiguillo into a thriving Altiplano winery, but to turn it into a benchmark winery. A path that I took alone and against the flow. Because back in the mid-1990s, practically nobody believed in a grape considered anonymous.
At first, the journey was full of doubts and hesitations. I was close to throwing in the towel. It took me four years to start selling the first wine, much to the despair and disbelief of my inner circle. Until a small miracle happened. A miracle made of self-love, chance, talent and lots of hard work. I managed to get the vintage I was looking for. And, above all, I managed to sell it to an expert North American distributor and a Swiss one in equal parts, at the price that justified all the hard work invested up to then: it was in 2003 when the bottle of the first Quincha Corral was sold. And that was the turning point for Bodega Mustiguillo.
The 2000 vintage was the commercial launch of Mustiguillo with two wines: Quincha Corral and Finca Terrerazo. In 2003, Bodegas Mustiguillo was awarded the IGP Vino de la Tierra El Terrerazo accolade. It was the first finca in Spain to obtain a Protected Geographical Indication within a Denomination of Origin. And in 2004, the critic Robert Parker scored the Quincha Corral 2001 a total of ninety-five points. Never before had a Bobal wine secured such a high score. In 2007, we were given the CAE (Organic Agriculture Certificate) certificate for our wines. And in 2010, Mustiguillo gained the most sought-after distinction. Our terroir was rated unique and exceptional thanks to its location, altitude, types of soil, climate, siting, surroundings and - ultimately - its natural setting, securing PDO Pago El Terrerazo (Protected Designation of Origin), the first single-estate wine from the Mediterranean.
A few steps full of passion, dedication, commitment and simplicity, which has helped Mustiguillo wines feature on the wine lists at the world's top restaurants. How did this happen? With hard work. Lots of hard work. But with a job done under certain parameters; winemaking lived as a vocation founded on knowledge, which has earned our wines major recognition and prestige within the industry, from my fellow winemakers, sommeliers and specialised critics alike.
Our daily routine varies depending on the time of year. In this sense, we're very exposed to weather conditions. But we try to plan as much as possible and keep a close eye on the vines. We perform prevention and precision agriculture and for certain jobs such as pruning, vine training or green harvesting. And we take moon phases into account, so having a defined calendar is key to making the most of our resources.
Ever since the outset, we've loved the idea of joining CrowdFarming as we have a very similar way of understanding and working crops. It adds value to farmers and consumers. It's a way of telling and conveying our project and our concerns to the end consumer. How we work, with as little water as possible, creating life in the soil, our plastic-free philosophy, and so on. As a result, we know that there's direct communication between us and the consumer.
Mustiguillo is a family-run winery located on the El Terrerazo estate on the Valencian highland plain, an 87 ha Vino de Pago (single-estate wine denomination) in the village of Utiel. Almost two-thirds of the land is dedicated exclusively to the Bobal variety, while it is the heart of the winery itself from which its foundations and work ethic arise.
The vineyard is located at an altitude of over 800 metres and about 100 kilometres inland, in the northwest of the Mediterranean region. El Terrerazo sits on a layer of Dolomitic limestone about 60 to 110 cm thick, which descends from the Sierra Negrete to the Magro River. Its slightly sandy and very porous texture makes it ideal for drainage, but very susceptible to erosion. The soil is loamy-sandy on a limestone crust that descends from the mountain and strongly characterises our wines.
We're curious and inquisitive here at Mustiguillo and we like to restore old vineyards, experiment with new growing methods and explore different ways of making wines. We decided to change the traditional use of our varieties and after a long study in the vineyard and winery, we saw that low yields of our organic cultivation practices are the best for securing optimal quality.
Several of us work on this project. We're a young team but we've been at the winery since practically the beginning (between 2005 and 2010). Most of us have a permanent contract with salaries above the collective agreement, but we also enjoy a great work-life balance with flexible timetables. During the harvest, we contract temporary workers (three to four people) to help with the extra work, who tend to be locals.
Our team members include María Rodriguez, who is our engineer and technical director of agriculture. She has been working on the project since 2005 and is in charge of organising everything, prioritising the most important jobs and also handling all the paperwork (for organic certificates, land management and staff issues). Maria's right-hand man is Fernando, who is our agricultural manager. He's mainly in charge of quality control of the land and monitoring all the works on the vines. There are also some foremen who are in charge of managing the team and carrying out tasks in the vineyard. They're experienced people who have a passion for the land. And there's also a small team of day workers, who do all the essential manual work with the utmost respect for the environment.
The winery's philosophy focuses on 100% organic viticulture, fully aware of the importance of preserving local flora and fauna. The fertiliser is 100% organic buried manure enriched with pruning shreds. We carry out different soil treatments such as tillage in alternate rows with plant-based covers. The covers are mixed (spontaneous vegetation mixed with fescue, brome grass and vetch seeds) and are defined according to the plot, variety, type of wine and winter rainfall. They're pruned once or twice depending on the year in order to prevent erosion, while creating life in the soil and controlling overgrowth.
What's more, we decided to recover native varieties, as these grapes convey the essence of the soil, the climate and the people of El Terrerazo. The estate combines old bush-trained vineyards and strictly non-irrigated dryland with cutting-edge cultivation techniques, always in the quest for the perfect balance between plant, soil and climate. Sometimes we have the impression that the vineyard knows that we're keeping a firm eye on it.