Known by many as the Empire of Garnacha, Campo de Borja was founded in 1980 as a 7,500Ha. Denominación de Origen in the mountains of Aragón, nearby Zaragoza. Garnacha, the most important indigenous grape, represents over 60% of the plantings in the region. Garnacha is most well known by its French name Grenache. Cultivated heavily in the Middle Ages in Spain, the Kingdom of Aragón transplanted Garnacha to the Rhone Valley, Italy, and Sardinia. Garnacha, or Grenache, has grown to become one of Earth’s most widely planted red grapes.
The oldest vineyard sites in Campo de Borja date back to 1145, and more than 2,000 of the 5,000Ha. of vineyards are between 35 and 50 years old. Like elsewhere in Spain, yields are low, especially in sites that are dry farmed and maintained as head trained vineyards. Bodegas Borsao, a Jorge Ordóñez Selections partner, represents almost 35% of the total plantings in the D.O.
The first written records of Campo de Borja date back to 1203, sourced from the Monastery of Veruela, where Catholic monks had an essential role in viticulture and winemaking. Jorge Ordóñez partnered early in his career with Bodegas Borsao, and through their work together, pioneered the market for Garnacha in the United States. At the end of the 1980’s and beginning of the 1990’s, Garnacha was Spain’s most widely planted red grape, yet it had not been introduced in the United States.
Bodegas Borsao and Ordóñez collaborated together over many long years to focus on the production of high quality wine at affordable prices, and worked exclusively with the oldest vineyards possible of Campo de Borja’s original clone of Garnacha – Garnacha de Monte, planted at 700m above sea level. Campo de Borja’s geography and soil types are varied and unique, due to the region’s proximity to the Moncayo mountain range. The variety of soil types, altitudes, and mesoclimates produces wines with unique character. Championing the oldest vineyards in the most unique sites in order to produce the finest wine possible was the goal of Bodegas Alto Moncayo, a project founded in collaboration between Bodegas Borsao, Jorge Ordóñez, and others.
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