Bodegas Alto Moncayo
Bodegas Alto Moncayo is a winery located in the Campo de Borja Designation of Origin. It was created in 2002 with the aim of making it a world reference for high quality Grenache wines, made with local clones.
The winery is located in the highest part of the city of Borja, 500 m above sea level. From its privileged location we can see to the Northwest the Sanctuary of Mercy and La Muela de Borja. To the north the Ebro Valley and the Pyrenees, and to the southeast the Sierra de Tabuenca and the Huecha Valley. In the Southwest we see in the foreground El Moncayo, which is the highest point of the Cordillera Ibérica (2,315 m) and which gives its name to the winery.
This proximity of Moncayo is what gives the area a cold and dry continental climate of Atlantic influence in winter and Mediterranean in summer, with different microclimates depending on the altitude at which the vineyard is located. Thus we can find average precipitations of 250 mm / year in the low zones and of 350 mm / year in the highest zones of Tabuenca. These are areas hardened by “El Cierzo”, a dominant wind from the Northwest that accelerates the evaporation of low rainfall.
The soils where these old Garnacha vines are located are glacis, or foothill soils of the Ainzón, Fuendejalón and Tabuenca mountains, very stony, with little boulders, of limestone or marl, dolomites, quartzites and slates. They are very permeable soils, which cause runoff to seep into the deepest clay layers.