The specific orography of the estate, with softly rolling hills, the complexity and variability of the soil composition along with the different aspects of the vineyards coupled with the diversity of grape varieties allow the crafting of wines with a distinctive character and a great complexity.
The vineyard of the Valquejigoso estate is located at the entry of the domaine, in its eastern most part. Plantings, which began in 1997, have been extended over the years and will come to an end in a near future.
Map with estate and vineyards profiles
Map of the plots of Valquejigoso vineyards
The final objective consists in completing a total vineyard surface of 55 ha, all with red varieties. There are currently 10 different varieties planted. Today, 49 hectares are planted with 9 different grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Negral. An extra 1,8 hectares are physically separated from the main vineyard with 4 different white varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Albillo Real and Moscatel).
Within a context of continental climate, Valquejigoso has its own meso- climatic conditions, which are different from the ones of its nearest surroundings.
The extreme temperatures in summer and winter are accompanied by a limited rainfall. Due both to this last fact and to the wind that blows regularly during the period when the risk of fungal diseases is at its peak, in Valquejigoso these problems do no usually happen. At the end of summer and at night, temperatures are below average, which allows a marked temperature shift between day and night and an optimal ripening of the grapes.
Total rainfall in an average year in Valquehigoso are between 300 and 350 mm, which is pretty low compared to other neighboring areas. Valquejigoso vineyard is located at an altitude which varies between 610 meters at its highest and 560 meters at its lowest.
The soil of Valquejigoso comes from the same time period as the one of the Sierra de Gredos.
The erosion of the granitic rock of the latter is the base of the soils in Valquejigoso.
En Valquejigoso somos conscientes de que el carácter de nuestros vinos procede principalmente del viñedo, por ello todo que hacemos en la viña lo hacemos de forma muy personalizada para cada una de las parcelas y de un modo muy respetuoso con la flora y fauna de cada rincón de nuestra viña.
In order to determine the ideal moment of harvest, besides all analytical parameters available, selected berries are tasted in order to make a follow up of the ripening of the grapes and determine the optimal ripeness for harvest.
Harvest in Valquejigoso lasts more than in other wineries, due to the fact that we manage different grape varieties, aspects and soil types. For that reason, it is probably one of the longest harvests in Spain.
Grapes are hand harvested using pruners and plastic crates (containing a maximum of 12 kilograms) to easy transport and avoid having crushed grapes.
The Harvestsee video