In 2015, the work begun by Vinae Mureri along the upper stretches of the Jiloca River was inherited through acquisition by Bodega Sommos Garnacha. The tastefully designed, isolated bodega in Murero is retained, and is home to 250 acres of indigenous Garnacha vines between 40 and 100 years old. Updated technology and attention to detail has produced immediate and spectacular results.
Located in Zaragoza’s remote Jiloca River Valley in the extreme southeast of D.O. Calatayud, the local vineyards had suffered abandonment during the 20th century for their difficult access and steep slopes mandating manual labor. Beginning in 2001, efforts were intensified to recuperate those vineyards that could still be saved. Dispersed among the slopes, the vineyard parcels today average approximately two acres in size. The steepest hillsides are composed of exposed gray and red slate and quartzite, the gentler slopes incorporating varying amounts red clay. Extreme elevations range from 2700 to 3800 feet. It is believed that these isolated parcels represent what remains of the original, or heirloom version, of the Garnacha variety. The essence of Garnacha is the Sommos Garnacha objective, with extreme altitude and mineral soils contributing to the intensity and freshness obtained.