The Birth Place of Garnacha
In the heart of
Sierra de Algairén
Cariñena is the great unknown outside Spain; the forgotten cradle and birth place of Garnacha grape. Its arid climate and stony soils provide what this grape needs; plenty of sun and just enough minerals.
Vineyards: 7 ha in ownership and control over 55 ha of local-family-owned vineyards located in Valdejalón within the heart of Sierra de Algairén which most probably is the world’s cradle and birth place of Garnacha grape.
Climate: Continental - cold winters and hot summers with radical day-and-night temperature contrast. A strong dry wind called “el Cierzo” contributes to the climate’s dryness, keeping the vines
free of many pests.
Soils: soils made of "Margas". It is a type of soil that lies over calcareous bedrock in Sierra de Algairén.
Winemaking style: grape-centered vinification. Wines elaborated with traditional criteria using autochthonous grape varieties
Capacity: 1.6 million litres.
A dream that came true
Bodem, meaning "soil” in Dutch, truly symbolizes the origin of this winery raised and funded by the family Geirnaerdt-van Ekeris. After more than 30 years living and working for Spanish wine, the Dutch family finally found in Cariñena the place where they really feel connected to. That's why this is not only a winery but a firm commitment to Spanish wine, to the Garnacha grape and ultimately, to a dream.
The true history of
the Garnacha grape
"Garnacha, one of the most popular and widespread grapes in the world, was most probably born somewhere in Aragón"
Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker)
Garnacha originated in the Celtíbera region OF NORTHEASTERN SPAIN which is now ARAGÓN.
THE FACT: In the location of the Roman villa of Caræ (now known as Cariñena) - it is known that the inhabitants of Caræ drank wine mixed with honey from before the 3rd century B.C.
SPREAD OF THE VARIETY throughout
THE CROWN OF ARAGÓN
THE FACT: Garnacha soon spread to the south and east, first to Catalonia and then to other places where the Crown of Aragón expanded throughout the 12th-17th Centuries. As a result, Garnacha has a long history in southern France, Corsica, Sardinia, southern Italy, Sicily, Croatia and even Greece.
THE FACT: Garnacha also spread to non-European regions in the 18th and 19th Centuries, including Australia, North Africa and California.
Garnacha is now the
7th MOST WIDESPREAD
grape in the world
THE FACT: 163,000 hectares (402,780 acres) planted worldwide