Northeastern Spain

Delve into the Grenache Kingdom with Salvelinus

Enjoy a cultural experience in northeastern Spain shaped by the region’s blend of natural charm and gourmand sophistication. Grenache reaches its splendor all over the northern half of Spain, covering more planted land than any other vine in the world and there, Salvelinus distills a full insider’s experience. Taste alluringly rich and spicy red Grenache at its glory while discovering a heavenly land noted for its history and culture, recreational landscapes, and friendly people.

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Much more than wines in the Grenache Kingdom

The Grenache Kingdom is a century-old cultural hub where Salvelinus offers the visitor a multitude of sightseeing options. Enter the Roman Cesaraugusta, the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Romanesque churches, old palaces, XII-century monasteries, and many other architectural marvels. Whether you are eager to taste the local tapas, wine, cavas, and superb extra virgin olive oil, wander the peaceful terroir, stroll medieval streets, or uncover the region’s ancient secrets, Salvelinus has you covered.

Location

Although generally referred by its French name, Grenache, the origins of this incredible grape are Spanish and can be traced back over 500 years to the heart of the Ebro Valley, in the province of Zaragoza, Aragón. Discover with Salvelinus internationally recognized and century-old Garnacha-producing wine regions in Spain.

Experience

Headquartered in Zaragoza, Salvelinus knows first-hand every corner of the Grenache Kingdom, escorted by the Ebro River and located halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. In this open, friendly region, you will grasp first hand the wealth of its 2,000 years of history.

Zaragoza & Grenache Kingdom Wine Tour

Ebro Valley

Bottled poetry in the banks of the Ebro River

Enjoy a private, luxurious and fully customized wine tour on the Ebro valley. Salvelinus’ expert team of travel designers, sommeliers, winery owners, and local guides carefully selects the most charming family-owned wineries as well as the most internationally-recognized wine cooperatives surrounded by the colorful landscapes of this vast Grenache-growing region.

Known for its wines and gastronomic heritage, in the Grenache Kingdom you will find excellent mushrooms, truffles, migas del pastor, ternasco de Aragón, stews, and roasts accompanied by vegetables from the Ebro Valley’s orchard. Salvelinus will show you charming villages in the surroundings in the Moncayo Natural Park like Tarazona or Borja where the magnificent natural landscapes of Calatayud and Cariñena intertwine with the warmth of their peoples making the Grenache Kingdom a destination you should not miss.

In the Grenache Kingdom, every wine bottle is filled with stories

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Wines from the Grenache Kingdom with Salvelinus

The diverse landscapes, elevations and soil types of the Grenache Kingdom, prove the vine’s versatility able to produce robust and aromatic reds, expressive whites, and cava, using the traditional champagne's elaboration method. Grenache Kingdom’s vineyards cover thousands of hectares influenced by the Ebro Valley, including the areas of Calatayud, Borja, and Cariñena.

Calatayud

Garnacha Tinta is the hallmark of this wine region located in the westernmost part of the province of Zaragoza with over 60% of the vineyards dedicated to the grape. The Mediterranean microclimate, variety of soils, and an altitude from 550 meters (1,804 ft) to 1,040 meters (3,412 ft) make Calatayud the highest wine growing region in Aragón and confer its wines with an extraordinary personality. Calatayud’s vineyards are between 35 and 50 years old and produce smooth cherry-colored, fruity, and spiced wines with the right balance between alcohol content and acidity.

Campo de Borja

Tradition and appreciation of the native Garnacha are the hallmarks of this wine region that lies at the foot of the Moncayo Massif. Campo de Borja is at the northeast of the province of Zaragoza, in the transition area between the Iberian mountain range and the Ebro Valley. The designation of origin comprises 19 wineries, family-owned institutions combined with traditional cooperatives, characterized by their Garnacha Tinta wine production methods. Out of the 5,000 hectares dedicated to Garnacha in Campo de Borja, 2,000 hectares correspond to old vines between 30 and 50 years of age. The oldest vineyards of the DO date back to 1890.

Campo de Borja

Tradition and appreciation of the native Garnacha are the hallmarks of this wine region that lies at the foot of the Moncayo Massif. Campo de Borja is at the northeast of the province of Zaragoza, in the transition area between the Iberian mountain range and the Ebro Valley. The designation of origin comprises 19 wineries, family-owned institutions combined with traditional cooperatives, characterized by their Garnacha Tinta wine production methods. Out of the 5,000 hectares dedicated to Garnacha in Campo de Borja, 2,000 hectares correspond to old vines between 30 and 50 years of age. The oldest vineyards of the DO date back to 1890.

Campo de Cariñena

Campo de Cariñena, located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, combines tradition and modernity like no other wine region in the Grenache Kingdom. The Cariñena DO is the oldest and largest in Aragón, dating from 1932. This region has more Garnacha planted than any other area in Spain, and it exports more than 50% of its production worldwide. The 55 wineries that make up the Cariñena DO elaborate modern and carefully nurtured wines, thanks to a wide range of grapes and wine elaboration styles that arise in particular microclimates. Aside from the supremacy of Red Grenache for red wines and Viura for whites, minority varieties are cultivated such as Cariñena (Mazuelo), Juan Ibáñez, Vidadillo, or Monastrell for reds, and White Garnacha, Muscat of Alexandria and Parellada for whites.

Salvelinus showcases the authentic kingdom of Grenache

Witness how winemakers in the Grenache Kingdom, tired of watching French vintners growing their namesake heritage grapes into prestigious labels, are developing a plan to reclaim their legacy.

An area of Spain that was opened up for us that is completely off the usual tourist trail. A very personal and interesting experience taking in ‘off-piste’ villages and vineyards.

Ginger SheriffUK

We were exposed to exemplary vineyards and explained the individual philosophies of each. The tastings authentic in every detail to support the philosophy of the vineyard and the cuisine extraordinary to pair with the wines.

Steve HyamsAK, USA

The two accompanying Cultural and Wine Tours were so very well planned to accommodate our personal interests. The drivers took the worry and stress out of driving. Maria, Judith and Sara were remarkable in their knowledge.

Jack and Lorna ZahalaMichigan, USA

Tailor-made tours and memorable experiences

Salvelinus crafts Spain’s most enchanting and unforgettable wine tours planned around your expectations and preferences. Singular service with insider opportunities, unlike anything you have experienced before.

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