Salinas – D.O.P. Alicante
In the inland of the province of Alicante, in the heart of the Monastrell growing wine region, Finca Collado combines in its restored winery dating from the 19th Century a marked traditional character in the production of its wines, with the inimitable personality that prints to them the winemaker Joan Guia.
In total harmony with its surroundings, this family winery produces limited production of their handcrafted wines, searching for the identity of each parcel of their 12 ha of vineyards of Malvasia, Chardonnay, Moscatel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and old vines of Monastrell, in a very unique terroir that transmits minerality, complexity and elegance to the wines.
Location: Finca Collado is located in Salinas, in the highlands of Alicante, in the region of Alto Vinalopó, at 40 km from the Mediterranean Sea.
The winery is located in the spot named “El Collado”, that gives its name to the winery (Collado means the top of the slope of the valley), with a gentle slope between 500 and 600 meters.
Finca Collado sits in a particular geographical unit, a closed valley without sea access, the bottom of which was occupied until 1950 by some ancient salt mines. The terroir of this area adds exceptional ecological values with a millennial tradition in winemaking in this place.
The domain: Finca Collado owns some 100 hectares of land which were acquired more than 30 years ago by the Castelló family. Only 12 ha are dedicated to vine-growing, meanwhile 70 ha are occupied with various crops (especially almonds and olives trees) and an interesting fauna composed, among others, by the eagle owl or the golden eagle.
The vineyards: Finca Collado soils are well suited to agricultural activity, with good drainage and good water retention, with complex mineral elements that allow producing wines with character and specific nuances of this environment. Thus, every grape varieties were planted depending on the different mineral subsoil as the terroir is also very diverse with different types of soil: calcareous soil gives finesse to the Chardonnay and Monastrell, while iron gives color to Merlot wines, and Cabernet Sauvignon has to deepen its roots in sandy bottom for obtaining water and nutrients.
The Mediterranean climate with continental features fully favors the cultivation of the vines, with many hours of sun in summer and a wide thermal amplitude between day and night which makes possible the slow and proper ripening of the grapes. During the winter, the northwest winds and summer breezes of the Mediterranean Sea which is at 40 km from there, avoid the ambient humidity, cool the grapes and make that very few treatments are needed to produce healthy vines.
The results are single vineyard wines of a particular delicacy and expressiveness, made with care, method and passion in a house-winery that catch any heart visitor forever, due to the exceptional hospitality and welcome of the people who make Finca Collado possible (the same people who can’t hide how much they love their work). It is said that the great Spanish writer Azorín liked walking around Finca Collado to seek inspiration, and he captured the beauty and uniqueness of this winery with soul and its surroundings in a few of his writings.
Fresh, aromatic and well-balanced.
Grape varieties: Chardonnay 65% and Moscatel 35%
Aging: 3 months on its lees in oak barrels (Chardonnay)
Full, intense and tasty.
Grape varieties: Syrah 85% and Monastrell 15%
Aging: 10 months in oak barrels (Monastrell), 1 month in oak barrels (Syrah)
Fet a Mà
Expressive, tasty and silky.
Grapes varieties: Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 12 months in oak barrels