Bodegas Mano a Mano
The hostility and demanding nature of the lands of Castilla La Mancha that provide quality and originality to these wines.
Bodegas Mano a Mano is in the heart of Castilla La Mancha, in Ciudad Real. We almost always have to struggle against a very complicated natural environment here, especially due to the area’s marked continental climate. Castilla La Mancha can be seen as Europe’s major vineyard by extension, with around 500,000 planted hectares, but to us, what is really interesting and also complicated in this land is working with old dry vineyards. This type of vineyards is especially complicated to work with because the rainfall is very low, the winters are frosty and the summers are very hot with scorching winds. As a result, the daily work at Mano a Mano is a true challenge and commitment to quality.
Despite the unfavourable conditions provided by the climate, especially when combined with old vineyards, in 2006 we decided to start our project here after finding a plot of land, ‘Finca La Dehesa’, in Alhambra (Ciudad Real) with a series of very special characteristics: very old vineyards with gobelet-trained vines planted on very poor soil and a huge potential for producing extremely high quality grapes.
With this as a starting point, we worked in the vineyard exploring the possibilities that the Tempranillo variety had to offer in different altitudes, types of soil and locations. Today, we are able to work with vineyards that are over fifty years old, cultivating vines on sandy soils over a bed of cobbles, iron, clay and limestone and obtaining yields below 2kg of grape per plant.
The piece that completed the puzzle was another vineyard in the municipality of Herencia, where we studied the behaviour of the different improving varieties, such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Graciano and Touriga Nacional. This vineyard added our restless and experimental nature to the project and allowed us to also develop this side.
The heart of Castilla La Mancha
We work with vineyards that are over fifty years old, cultivating vines on sandy soils over a bed of cobbles, iron, clay and limestone, producing exceptional wines.
Bodegas Mano a Mano
“The challenge is to continue showing that in this land we can produce high quality wines that bring a touch of originality to the Spanish wine scene”