The Cariñena Denominación de Origen (DO), situated about halfway between Madrid and Barcelona, was created in 1932 making it one of the oldest protected wine regions in Europe. Vineyards with the Cariñena region range from 400m(~1300 feet) above sea level to about 800m (~2600 feet) in the Sierra de la Virgen mountains. Of the four DOs located in the region of Aragón, Cariñena is the largest. Cariñena DO is in the northeast region of the country, and is not only the geographical name, but also the grape itself. Possibly more commonly known as Carignan, Cariñena is no longer the most planted grape in the region. That honor is now held by Garnacha, which is believed to also have its origins in this region.
I had the privilege to sit in on a Zoom virtual tasting sponsored by Gregory and Vine to discuss the wines of the region. OOH! and of course I got to drink some exceptional wine. My sample was from Bodegas Paniza who produces single varietal wines representing the best terroirs of the region.
I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and trust me when I tell you that Cariñena is a region to watch and such an incredible value. So, unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and lets virtually visit Cariñena!
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