We get blind solicitations from wineries literally every day, but this one caught our eye immediately, because it was penned by none other than Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia. She said, ” if there is one person in the wine world that I could recommend it is Fernando Mora, because he gives me hope for the future of the world of wine in Spain.” In his own words, this is what Fernando does : ” recovering old vineyards in ValdejalÃ³n area in the north east part of Spain. Producing single vineyards garnachas from old vines up to 98 years old. Something we are very proud to do.” With his two partners, Mario Lopez and Daniel Latasa, they style themselves the “Garage Winery”, that being a literal description of the facility in which they craft their wines.
The little-known region of Valdejalon, centered around their village of Epila on the banks of the River Jalon, nestles north of Calatayud. The climate is Mediterranean, with significant diurnal temperature changes and low rainfall. The vineyards lie at altitudes between 350 and 700 meters, and benefit from loose soil structure with significant limestone content. In this team’s masterly hands, they give rise to Grenache wines (red AND white) of a purity and intensity we rarely see, at a price ridiculously fair, which have already been acclaimed by reviewers everywhere.