Tierga

We wanted to make a Garnacha we personally were looking for one which we could not already find on the shelves of the wineshops. One that we had still not tasted, a silky and elegant texture but with the right cask, so as not to bleed into the flavour of the wine. We preferred the body of the fruit, we wanted something strong, of course, that would leave our lips purple... We tried to get the most pure and sincere Garnacha. So we went to its origins, to look for it in its craddle at the end of the province of Aragon.

 

 

And there it was waiting for us, lost in the sides of the Moncayo mountain. Here its roots had been burying their way for 60 years within the tosquilla (crumbled slate), its small grains condense an endangered essence. Once bottled we call it TIERGA.


The vineyard is farmed just as the grandfather taught his son and the son the grandson. A way of farming the land and life, which is in a process of disappearing. The land is scarcely treated because it is an isolated area, aired and dry 700m above the sea level. Production is so low that the stock that yields a lot of grape is called “kilera” because it might produce up to a kilo. We specially select the grapes while they are picked and we take it in boxes to Murchante.

 

 

Tierga vineyard. 1.3 hectare.. 60 years

 


Vendimia del Wine Harvest at Tierga 2008

 

 

 

Memories of Tierga


We cannot avoid including this attachment to the dossier.

It shows how and what we found in the surroundings of Tierga:

the irreplaceable vineyards that are being weeded,

wine cooperatives that have closed or are about to close,

abandonment, but also the resistance of those who do

not give up, who did not wish to give

this place up for...


 

 

 

Part of what encourages LA CALANDRIA is the vision

for saving from obscurity a sample of everything that

was found there, to make every year’s harvest continue at Tierga

and to keep the essence of the Garnacha intact

even though it currently hangs by a very fragile thread.


 

 

 

Since we arrived, until now, half of the vineyards

we founded have been weeded. We do not know

how long those left will resist. It is not easy to mantain

a vineyard with such a low level of production and manual work,

it cannot compete with mechanized and high production cultivations,

if it is not as a way of claiming the

highest value of quality.

 

 

 



 

If this type of grape disappears, a genetic material

we do not know how far dates back to, is disappearing too.

For LA CALANDRIA it is a patrimony to keep as if

it was itself a XII century cathedral.

Pura Garnacha: a legacy that the hands of these

people have maintained here, at the margins of the

industrialisation wine process, precisely for being lost in these lands.