Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Aranleon - Organic Wine from Los Marcos Spain

Dating from 1927, the old, white tile-lined winery is still in use at the bright Bodega Aranleon. A modern cave and wine tasting addition has been added inconspicuously to the original building. The grapes - native Bobal, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon - are all organically grown on close to one hundred acres, and they have been fully certified since 2007. Aged in Hungarian, French and North American oak barrels, Aranleon handcrafts three signature red wines from their own organic grapes - Solo, El Arbol Blanco, and Seleccion - as well as offering some wines made for them at other wineries. Do not be mislead by the name of El Arbol Blanco- while it means The White Tree, it is indeed a red wine. Tolkien fans will recognize the reference to the White Tree of Gondor from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

They also offer a special wine called Junts, made in cooperation with a total of eight wineries in the Valencia region. The proceeds from this wine, the most expensive one they sell at 18 euros a bottle, go to support aid work in India. The Junts label says it is “40% Solidaridad, 40% Ilusion, and 20% Amistad.” Translated this means 40% Solidarity, 40% Hope, 20% Friendship.

In addition to the Junts wine, much at Aranleon seems to be done with a big heart and with a dedication to community. The winery has been designed to be fully accessible for anyone with disabilities, and the crowning touch is that their labels are printed in Braille in addition to regular type. The employees are appreciated and acknowledged for their contributions and from all accounts it is a business run in a warm and spirited fashion.

The three Aranleon signature wines are from the D.O. of Utiel-Requena. You can find Aranleon in the town of Los Marcos, southwest of Utiel and about 100 kilometers due west of Valencia city. Aranleon wines offer incredible value as their prices range from 5 to 18 euros and all are delightful. Aranleon is definitely worth a visit if you are traveling in the Valencia area – stop by their lovely tasting room and try any of their delicious wines.
Bodega Aranleon, Ctra. De Caudete s/n, 46310 Los Marcos (Valencia); Tel: 902 023 069; Email:; Web site:

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