D. O. Calatayud
This area has very high-quality, old vineyards with a rugged, dry landscape, a continental-type weather – very extreme, very low temperature in winter and very high temperatures in summer, and very scarce rain. It is in these conditions that the Garnacha variety brings out its best qualities. However, for different reasons, a substantial amount of Garnacha vines was pulled out during these years. Winemakers from the region say that in the 50’s this are grew around 50,000 hectares of Garnacha. According to Jesus Abad – a winegrower part of the San Gregorio cooperative, “there weren’t more than 20,000 hectares in the 80’s and there are currently only 4,000”.
Tarazona-Ribera del Queiles
Influenced by the Moncayo massif, it is fairly common to see vineyards in this area kept in a wild state. Their owners, much to their dismay in some cases, have abandoned these vineyards. Thanks to its extreme climate – very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter – the villages in the valley of the Queiles river are able to make very special Garnacha wines.
D. O. Priorat
It was one of the first areas to rediscover the great potential of growing Garnachas with very low yields, in old vineyards and thus committing to quality. The slate soils, terraced vineyards, sloped hillsides and smooth Mediterranean type climate make this area a distinctive place and allow for the production of Garnachas with a very interesting mineral character.
D. O. Rioja
Historically, the Garnacha variety has played a very important role in La Rioja. For years, it was the main variety until it was replaced with the Tempranillo. Although many vineyards have been pulled out too and they cannot be recovered, there are still old vineyards which are real treasures and produce some of the best Garnachas in the world.