Thursday, November 5, 2009

Organic Wine from the Sandy Vineyard in San Juan

Dominio del Arenal is in San Juan, Spain in the wine-making region of Utiel-Requena, and is situated half way between those two towns about one hour due west of Valencia city. The vineyard is fifty miles from the sea and sits twenty six hundred feet above sea level by the river Magro. Arenal means sand in Spanish and the vineyard gets its name from when tons of sand was imported to the vineyard to successfully fight phylloxera, an aphid-like grapevine blight that spread through Europe in the early 1900s.

Dominio del Arenal makes eight red wines using Shiraz, Bobal and Tempranillo grapes, and one white wine made with Macabeo grapes. All the grapes are manually harvested.

Cerrado del Espino is the organic wine from Dominio del Arenal made with 100% Tempranillo grapes. Cerrado del Espino, a delicious, black cherry colored wine, is smooth and dry. Cerrado del Espino is certified organic by the Comite d’Agricultura Ecologica de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Unlike many Spanish vineyards, the Website of Dominio del Arenal is available in English so you can easily read about their wines in more depth. Dominio del Arenal, 46390 San Juan (Requena); Tel: 962 320 001; Email: info@; Web:

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