Cariñena Wine


The Cariñena D.O. in the Aragon region was originally named for the grape of the same name, which used to dominate local plantings. However Garnacha has replaced much of those plantings more recently due to its popularity and response to the region’s growing conditions. This is one of the oldest appellations in Europe, having been awarded D.O. status in 1932. But this area has been in wine production for centuries, starting as most do, with the Romans. In 1585, King Phillip II visited the town of Cariñena and locals filled the fountain in the town square with wine instead of water as a grand gesture. To this day there is an annual September wine festival to commemorate this historic event, and the fountain runs wine for the occasion. 
The vineyards are spread in the Campo (Plain) de Cariñena and nearby foothills. The continental climate is given to extremes of temperature, with hot summer days with low rainfall and much cooler evenings, thanks to the Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • Bodegas Solar de Urbezo

    Santiago Gracia taking on the tradition of his grandparents founded the winery Solar de Urbezo wi...

  • Bodegas Ignacio Marin

    Our roots go all the way back to Cariñena in 1903, the year in which Mr. Ignacio Marín founded th...

  • Senorio de Ayles

    The Aylés territory is surrounded by fifty hectares of privately owned vineyard from which our wi...

  • Grandes Vinos Y Viñedos

    A long-standing tradition of good wine, together with the concerted effort, geniality and savoir-...

  • Tosos Ecológica

    Bodegas Tosos Ecologica was founded with the aim to produce in the most natural way a high qualit...

  • Appellation Central Wine

    Our wine tour company, Appellation Central Wine Tours, specialises in small group wine tours base...

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  • Monasterio de las Viñas Cariñena Reserva


    Deep burgundy in color with purple tinges around the rim....very nice legs appear on the side of the wine glass. Earthy aromas of deep berry and grape, hints of licorice and/or dark chocolate and flavors follow suit with added black cherry and very dark ripe fruits with pits...dry soil. The mouthfeel is dry...almost cotton like, clean and velv... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Randy is on the money. The whole line-up of wines from those folks. And Four ... look for more Monastrell and Carinena and Garnacha. In Australia, in addition to the Mollydooker, look for Henry's Drive (the winemaker used to make that before launching his own label), the wines of Chris Ringland (who makes the Clio) - his Three Rings is only ar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?

  • EM - You should have that camera phone in your pocket at all times and perhaps ... Grenache”) plus 40% Carinena and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and several tapas dishes.  The dessert was Sopa Fria de Frutos (wild red berry soup with Idiazabal cheese ice cream).   Dinner was wonderful with Lynn, Lloyd & Susan and of course my sweetie Sandra.  We go... Read More

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  • La Nina Roja Single Estate Gran Reserva Dop Carinena 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from my local supermarket where it was on special offer.Carinena is one of the oldest Spanish DOP's, being created in 1932 for red,white and rose wines made of a number of grape varieties from Aragon in the northeast of the country about halfway between Barcelona and Madrid.The area is the original source of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • El Bombero Cariñena 2008


    Smooth, aromatic, savory Read More

    Wine review by chlorinefree

  • Afraid I'm merely a pale shadow of my former self. Highlights over the past ... SuperTuscan thematic from Carinena) and of Riscal Gran Reservas (four bottles for three of us) from 2004, with bbq brisket and gratinated mustard greens and baquettes and olives, nuts and  cheeses--eminently, enjoyably quaffable though perhaps not worth posting rati... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • Paniza Gran Reserva 2008


    Surprisingly good wine for such a reasonable price. Velvety with a strong berry pleasant after taste with notes of vanilla and traces of blackcurrent and plum Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich

  • Corona Daragon Gran Reserva 2004


    Drank a bottle in 2015. Paid 20 CHF for a wine worth 2. Characterless is how i would describe it. Very disappointing Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich

  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... ... and they grubbed up the Carinena and Barbera that used to be in the Central Coast, in favor of Merlot and Cab that probably shouldn't grow there.People in the US still want to buy wine by variety, which has become a straightjacket and outlived its usefulness.In... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Campos de Luz Garnacha Old Vine Estate Wine 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • I'm highly dissappointed as Cariñena Gran Reserva bottle shows Vintage 2004. However, the cork has a stamp of 2011. Is this considered a false sell point or can someone please explain. Thank you - I would like a valid answer as the explanation of the bottle ticketing doesn't make logic sense. Despite the date co...

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