Tierga

 

We wanted to produce a Garnacha wine that we could not find on the wine cellar shelves, which even we had not tried yet, a combination of silky and elegant flavours using exactly the right cask to bring the aromas together. We wanted to emphasise the fruit, we wanted something powerful, and of course something that left us wanting more. We tried to create a Garnacha that was pure and sincere. To do this we went searching for its origin in the confines of Aragon.

 

 

And there it was, lost in the foothills of the Moncayo, where its roots have been for 60 years making their slow way through La Tosquilla (crumbled slate); its small grains protecting the eminent danger of extinction. Once bottled we call it TIERGA.

 

The vine is cultivated in the traditional way, the same way as the grandfather taught his son to his grandson. It is a way of cultivating the land and the life that is now in the risk of extinction. Not just because it is an isolated, airy and dry area that is 700m high. The production is so low that to its stock is called the "kilera" as it might harvest up to one kilogram. We select the grapes while they are being picked and we take them in boxes to Murchante.

 

 

View of Tierga

 

 

Micro-cluster of Tierga

 

 

Memories of Tierga


We can not avoid including this annex in the dossier.

It is about how and what we find in the surroundings of Tierga:

the original vines that are being torn,

the cooperatives closed or about to close,

the resistance of those who refuse to give up,

the abandonment ...


 

 

 

Part of what animates LA CALANDRIA is the illusion

to save from oblivion a sample of everything that was found there;

to get the vines and seeds from the Tierga

to continue and preserve the essence

of a Garnacha that hangs from a very fragile thread.


 

 

 

Ever since we arrived, half of the vineyards we once found have been weeded.


We do not know how long those left will resist.

 

It is not easy to maintain a vineyard

 

with such a low level of production and manual work,

 

it cannot compete with mechanized and high production cultivations.

 

 

 

 


 

If this grape disappears, a whole genetic material with origins

as far back as we can imagine disappears.

For LA CALANDRIA it is a heritage that deserves to be preserved

as if it were a cathedral from the XII century.

Pure Garnacha: a legacy that the hands of these people have maintained alive,

in the margins of wine industrialization,

precisely for being this remote lands.