La Guindalera is in the Sierra del Chaparral mountains, between the Mediterranean coast and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is also known as Sierra de los Guajares or Jurite. The vineyard's particular location, with a continental microclimate strongly influenced by the Mediterranean, makes it uniquely suited for growing grapevines. The area receives more than 3000 hours of annual sunlight with average temperatures between 10 and 20 ºC.
The vine growing area is 700m to 1000m above sea level. On slopes from 15% to 45%. The calcareous clay soil and shale forces the vines to struggle and yet develop perfectly, enhancing grape flavours in our latitude. The elevation, temperature and Mediterranean breeze make the grapes ripen slowly steadily during the summer months. The result is a firmer grape with more aroma and flavour.
We grow white grapes (100% Muscat of Alexandria) from vines 50 to 120 years old; and red grapes (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Merlot) from vines 20 to 45 years old.
The pruning style for white grapevines is gobelet and for red grapevines it is bilateral cordon on trellises. We use traditional, manual methods of growing grapevines, allowing them integrate into their surroundings. The vines are only irrigated by rainwater (300-600 mm annual rainfall). All this allows us to obtain natural, more flavoursome grapes, with low production of around 4500 kg per hectare.