Bodegas San Alejandro is a leading Garnacha specialist based in the heart of the Calatayud appellation in Aragon, northern Spain. The cooperative was founded in 1962 and today it has 150 growers, with 1,200 plots covering 950 hectares of vineyard. Garnacha has adapted to suit the extreme natural conditions of the area; the vineyards are situated at elevations of up to 1,100 metres, with contrasting hot days and cool nights. The elevation provides good air circulation, promoting vineyard health which has enabled the vines to be traditionally cultivated in a very natural way and with limited use of treatments. From 2019, Bodegas San Alejandro is converting to organic status, a process which will take approximately four years.
The grapes come from dry farmed Garnacha vines, from various plots surrounding the village of Miedes, Ruesca and Belmonte de Gracian. The extreme climate of hot days and cool evenings promotes a long, ripening period concentrating the flavours and aromatic complexity of the grapes. The soils are varied: limestone, red clay and colluvial rocks, with each terroir imparting subtle complexity to the wine. The vines are trained to have less sun exposure, to achieve lower sugar levels at harvest, resulting in a balanced wine. The vineyards are farmed with respect for the environment; the soils are ploughed and cover crops are planted between the vines. Cultivated sustainably and in conversion to organic cultivation.