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Since 1963, this winery has produced estate-grown wines from the town of Muel in Cariñena. The Garnacha vines average in age from 25-30 years yielding mature fruit and deep Garnacha (Grenache) flavors, and yields area kept low . Jancis Robinson has described Manuel Piquer Guimera's wine as 'soft and easy...with a bit of real interest'. No oak is used , as the fruit from the old vines has a lovely delicacy he wants to preserve.
The DO is centred on the town of Rueda, in the province of Valladolid about 170 km northwest of Madrid. The land is a flat high plain at an altitude of between 600 and 780 m above sea level. The River Duero flows through the area from east to west. The climate is continental (long hot summers, cold winters) with a certain Atlantic maritime influences. Temperatures vary widely and can drop below zero in winter (-1 °C) and can reach 30 °C in summer, which is not as high as similar wine-producing regions in southern Central Spain. There is a risk of frost, freezing fog, high winds and hailstones in winter/spring. On the other hand there is only a very small possibility of drought. Normally it rains in spring and autumn, with an average rainfall of 400 mm/year, while the vines receive 2,700 hours of sunlight per year. Close to the River Duero the soils are alluvial with a high lime content (max 24%). To the south the topsoil is brown and sandy with a gravel and clay subsoil. Drainage is good, has a rich iron content and is easy to plough.