Situated in the Valle del Aceniche between Cehegin and Bullas, Bodega Monastrell is a small, family-run and owned single estate of 20 hectares of organic vineyards situated at 850m above sea level. This young project was established in 2005 by owners Alfonso García and his wife Mavi, both born in Bullas, and joined by oenologist José Jiménez. With a firm commitment to continue the legacy of previous viticultural generations and a dream to make use of the magnificent natural habitat and conditions the area provides – its soils, its climate and its old vines – Bodega Monastrell produce very special and unique wines from the region’s most prestigious and best adapted variety – the Monastrell. In fact, Monastrell represents only 2% of total global vineyard coverage of which 80% comes from the Murcia region.The rest is cultivated in other parts of Spain (Albacete, Alicante and Valencia) and the world (South of France, USA and Australia) where it is referred to as Mouvedre, Mataro, Garrut. It is also a variety which has high concentrated amounts of Resveratrol, with therapeutic properties that help reduce cardiovascular illnesses! With vineyards in the Aceniche Valley that are over 40 years old, at altitudes of 850-900 metres above sea level, an annual rainfall of 350-450mm, 3000 hours of sunshine per annum, temperature fluctuation in summer of 25°C - these factors all combine to produce high quality red wines that are full-bodied and succulent.
The soils are mainly of calcareous composition so they are poor and chalky where the vine over the past 40 years has developed an incredible root system in order to feed itself adequately with nutrients. On the surface of the soil, the texture is stony but more loamy in depth, which gives it a greater capacity for draining surface water and also water retention needed during hot spells as well as aeration for the roots. Density of vines is approximately 2000 vines per hectare, mainly free-standing bush, and they are dry-farmed with strictly no practice of irrigation. All vineyards are certified “Organic Viticulture”. There is zero chemical intervention in the vineyard. Winter pruning is extra short. Control of pesticides of Lobesia botrana (grapevine moth), which can cause serious damage to the vineyard, is achieved by the method of “sexual confusion” using pheromone capsules, which diverts the males’ attention away from the females and towards these capsules - a time-consuming operation that does protect the vineyards from insects without the need to spray insecticides. Control of fungi is achieved by green pruning, de-leafing, and by applying powdered sulphur. Spontaneous and natural vigour is achieved because the soils are very poor and because the vines are very old. We are very pleased to introduce the new range, Salto del Usero, from Bodega Monastrell, named after a small area of natural beauty in Bullas which boasts an inland ‘beach’ alongside a small lake.