The wines of Marañones

Wines full of truth

picarana, piesdescalzos, marañones, peña caballera, labros, 30.000 maravedies, darío, beltrán. A family in which the soil and the climate of each place coexist in balance. A natural ageing in large tanks of French oak. Wines infused with the landscape.

“In our family of wines we have two whites, five reds and one sweet wine.
We use a pyramidal classification of our wines, like in Burgundy. This means that we have the “Comarca” wines, or “Pueblo” wines, at the base. They embody the character of the region, as they come from a mix of vineyards and plots. Then we have “Paraje” wines. They come from a specific location in the region. Their own features are derived from the orientation of the plot, the altitude, the soil or from a combination of these. Finally, at the top of the pyramid, we have the “Parcela” wines. They come from land plots ‘touched by the magic wand of quality’, plots with an expression, a complexity and exceptional finesse.”

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The wines
of Marañones

Fernando García
Technical Director Marañones Winery* Transcript of interviews for the presentation of our wine.

picarana

Comarca wine

Picarana is our white Pueblo or Comarca wine. 100 percent Albillo Real local grape. There is very little Albillo Real left in Spain. It is mostly located in Gredos and in the hottest villages, because the Albillo Real likes the sun a lot.
It is a very early grape, usually for the table, very tasty, very juicy. It has a very small bunch that turns golden immediately. It allows us to obtain a white wine with a lot of density in the mouth and unctuousness, due to its high content of glycerin.
The name of picarana was given as a tribute to a bird in the area, even though we are literally at war with them, because they eat the grapes. The name serves a little to reflect that union of land, environment and wildlife. Although we have to dispel the birds so that they do not do too much damage, we paid them a tribute by giving their name to the wine.
Picarana is the result of a combination of all land plots, orientations and types of granites. They are all the elements at our disposal to convey the revival of the vineyard.”

30.000 maravedíes

Comarca wine

“The first of our red wines would be 30,000 maravedíes, which is our Comarca wine, a regional wine, village wine.
30,000 maravedíes is the coming together of all soils, orientations, dominantly Garnacha at 90 percent with a remaining 10 percent of local grapes. The minority grapes close the composition.

The name also reflects the union between history, the winery, the structure and the place. Álvaro de Luna paid 30,000 maravedíes to buy the whole region from the monks who fostered the cultivation of the vine. It is a historical name. It refers to what was paid for the Valley and pays homage to the Valley. It also evokes what the monks had developed. This history is part of our heritage and we continue it.

This village wine wants to tell you the whole history of the Valley. At the end it delivers a structure tending towards the mineral, the floral, length, fruitiness and ease of drinking.”

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30.000 maravedíes

piesdescalzos

Parcela wine

Piesdescalzos, is an Albillo Real Parcela wine from a single small vineyard, less than one hectare. It has the peculiarity of being located in a place called Peña Cruzada. It is on the high side of the crag, receiving sun all day, which suits Albillo very well.
Pink granite, with very little soil. The soil of which the vineyard lives is only 30 to 50 centimetres deep. Underneath there is a much more compact stone. It reduces the fruity sensation in the wine and increases the mineral notes.
Piesdescalzos is the expression of this small vineyard, of this Albillo not so fruity, not so glyceride, not so unctuous, not so floral. We go more towards the mineral, the length and the stone at the end. It bears much more austerity, more suffering from the vine. The yield is lower. It is a great expression of the Albillo in a great white wine.”

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marañones

Paraje wine

Marañones is so to say our signature vine. This is why the winery was named after this location.
It is part of the mountain at 800 m in altitude, oriented North. We find there the three types of granite of San Martin: the white granite, the brown and the pink. Each vineyard at Marañones has a different soil. Some are on a hill. Others are more towards the plains.
In this wine we wish to convey the Marañones area so representative of the whole winery. this is why we make this wine from the great Garnacha grape. We use a mix of vines since it is not a Parcela wine, which would be much more delicate and of more limited production.
The 100 percent Garnacha expresses itself fully, both in the nose and in the mouth, with flavours of blackthorn, a sensation of fleshy fruit retaining a slightly crispy texture. Then comes a full silkiness, with the granularity of these granite soils rich in quartz. That nugget of quartz is noticeable in the texture, length, fineness, elegance and the floral element of the wine.”

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labros

Parcela wine

“It is one of our Parcela wines, of 100 percent Garnacha. We want to convey in it the area of “La Dehesa”, which is the bottom of the Valley of San Martín de Valdeiglesias, where we have an alluvial soil with a lot of depth for the roots.


Labros is just a very old vine, more than 90 years old. It is located on a small hill, facing west, of a very compact white granite that stresses the vine. Being so old it is very unproductive with very low yields. It is a plot of about one hectare where we roughly produce 2,000 – 2,500 bottles.


It is the reflection of the most Mediterranean vineyard we have. This means that the fruit is always above the floral sensation, with a slightly rougher tannicity, due to the type of soil. Above all, it is a very deep but non-linear wine. It is similar to other wines from the same range, but more compact, with a longer finish.
Labros comes from the name of a stream that is a branch of the Alberche river and near to the vineyards.”

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peña caballera

Parcela wine

“Another Parcela wine, 100 percent Garnacha, it is really our forerunner wine.
Peña caballera is named after the mountain where it is located. It is 850 m high in the highest parts of San Martín de Valdeiglesias, in a north orientation. This means it is cooler, with less sun in the morning and, above all, less sun in the afternoon, in the west, which is the hottest part. It provides ventilation, a natural freshness which results in slower ripening. It allows to work organically It is the expression of the Garnacha from the point of view of the floral, the acidity, the length, the finesse, the delicacy, the elegance of the wine. “

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darío

Paraje wine

“This wine is named after Fernando Cornejo’s younger grandson as a tribute.
To us it represents the opposite of Garnacha. It is a minority grape without Garnacha.
Marañones is mostly Garnacha. Gredos is Garnacha land. But we find here the expression of a minority grape such as Morate, which is almost the opposite of Garnacha, both in the type of viticulture, and in the type of bunch. Its bunches are more succulent and larger. The point in common with Garnacha is the acidity, but with a note that is always a little more vegetal and herbaceous. It makes wines that are shorter, not so direct, with a less granitic expression, but with the fluidity given by the Morate. It is a bit like a thirst-quenching wine, of a wine more suitable for the start of an aperitif, a wine that the field workers used to drink.

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beltrán

Parcela wine

“Another tribute wine named after the other grandson of Fernando Cornejo.

We use Moscatel de Grano Menudo, a local grape. Like in many other viticultural areas, other types of grapes are also planted within the vineyard.
Inside the Albillo vines, we also grow Moscatel varieties to make sweet wine.
The grapes are left to dry and condense on site.The beauty of the Moscatel is that within the structured, sweet part, it maintains a lot of acidity. This makes it a very drinkable wine that also has a great potential for ageing.
Beltrán is a very limited production, a total of 300 small bottles, and depends a lot on the vintage. In the worst years that are drier, we reach 100-150 bottles.
The Moscatel is selected from three plots. It needs to condense, to be exposed a bit more to the inclemency of the weather and to the birds. This way we are able to make an essence wine, a drop wine of a sweet type..”

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beltrán

Marañones in the world

70 percent of our production is exported. We are pleased to have consolidated our presence in the most important countries of quality wine consumers.
The growth of our production is gradual and steady. We are very conscientious in the choice and cultivation of the vines before incorporating new grapes into our wine.

Both in the vineyards that are our property (19 hectares) and in those that we rent ( 6 hectares).
We will maintain sustainable growth but stay true to the quality of the processes.

Marañones en el mundo
Fernando García
Vinos Marañones