BODEGAS ARRAYAN Méntrida DO, Spain
Bodegas Arrayán was founded in 1999 by husband and wife team José María Entrecanales and María Marsans, on their estate, La Verdosa, in the appellation of Mentrida in the province of Toledo, just an hour from Madrid.
Renowned Australian viticulturist, Richard Smart, was commissioned to perform an exhaustive study of the terrain, soil, and climate in order to choose the optimal exposures, orientations and varieties in accordance with the winery’s goals. Planting of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot commenced in the section of the vineyard with the highest altitude, in harmony with the holm oak trees scattered around the estate.
The winery’s first vintage went on sale at the end of 2003.
The appointment of Maite Sánchez as oenologist in 2009 marked a new era for Arrayán in terms of both the process of making its existing wines and her focus on adding indigenous varieties to the range.
No chemical herbicides or fertilisers are used in the vineyard. Arrayán is organic certified since 2016.
Méntrida is a Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) in the province of Toledo, Spain, near Madrid. The continental-Mediterranean climate is characterised by extreme temperature variations, from harsh winters to hot summers. The soil is alluvial, from the erosion of the granite massifs in Spain's central plateau, and is basically sandy loam in the gullies, with an acid pH and a high silicate content. No chemical herbicides or fertilisers are used; manure is applied as a soil improver.
Decanter Magazine Profiles Arrayan Winemaker Maite Sanchez:
In the March 2018 issue of Decanter, Pedro Ballesteros Torres chats with Maite Sanchez of Arrayan, as part of a piece on 10 new-generation winemakers who stand out from the crowd, setting new standards for their industry. He gives her Garnacha de Arrayan 93 points, and says,
'Sanchez's Grenache wines are an inspiration, showing untamed fruit, passion from the soil, and velvety rusticity'