Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Blanco
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Region: Madrid, Spain
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Grape varieties: Malvar, Macabeo, Albillo, Moscatel
Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Blanco draws heavily on the estate’s old-vine Albillo plantings. A textured, earthy, and pure Spanish white.
Song: Awaken by Yes
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About Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Blanco
Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros Blanco draws heavily on the estate’s old-vine Albillo, blended with the estate’s younger plantings of Macabeo, Malvar, and Moscatel.
San Martín de Valdeiglesias lies a mere 60 minutes from Madrid and its three million inhabitants. Yet, the journey feels much longer, both in distance and in time. As one drives west from the capital city, the terrain quickly becomes rugged and mountainous, the air cooler, and signs begin to emerge of an earlier era.
Here, on the eastern edge of Spain’s Sierra de Gredos mountains, a renowned Madrid doctor named Vincente Alvarez-Villamil purchased land in 1923. The site, which at that time was a full day’s travel from Madrid, spoke of its Celtic past, with ancient bears carved from boulders to mark forests dedicated to the hunt goddess.
But the estate, which Vincente named Bernabeleva, or bear’s forest, held more than just ancient history. It was, he believed, a special place to plant the noble Garnacha (Grenache) and a place whose wines might exhibit profound character. But the next decade brought increased political instability to Spain, and the Civil War erupted in 1936, devastating the country. Though the family held onto the land, Vincente’s dream of making wine ended for the time being
In 2006, two of Vincente’s great-grandchildren, Juan Diez Bulnes and Santiago Matallana Bulnes, vowed to fulfill their ancestor’s dream. The estate’s vineyards were now 80 years old, and there were Garnacha vineyards to purchase from neighboring properties. Rejecting then current fashions in Spanish wine, the cousins resolved to make wines of purity and expressiveness that were in harmony with the beauty of their ancestral land.
The challenges of developing and selling this project proved daunting, and Santiago’s initial interest waned. But Juan’s enthusiasm was only growing as early experiments demonstrated the profound potential of the terroir and its old vines.
Many vineyards here are at more than 500m elevations, and warm days with cool evenings are the norm in summer. The resulting wines are unlike anything else in Spain, with ample ripeness but astounding buoyancy and freshness. The project only needed people with the right knowledge and aesthetic to reveal the region’s potential.
Juan wanted, above all, to protect the unique personality of his family estate, and he initially hired consultant Raúl Pérez, a master of cool-climate winemaking, to help develop the project. Understanding Bernabeleva’s potential, Raúl recommended that the gifted young Catalan, Marc Isart Pinos, come in as winemaker.
Marc brought devotion to demanding ecological viticulture and non-interventionist winemaking. Without dogma, he employs long macerations, limited usage of SO2, and aging in used barrels. And he patiently understood the character of each of the estate’s many parcels of vines.