Pío del Ramo’s vine fields

PÍO DEL RAMO

Bodegas Pío del Ramo. Jumilla Denominación de Origen wines. Tierra de Castilla Protected Geographical Indication wines. Spanish wines. Organic olive oil.

Our vines and our special climate

Pío del Ramo cultivates a selection of acres located at the best plains of plateaus where he gently takes care of his vines, from their origin until gathering.

Our winery has several vine plots, carefully farmed and located on calcareous soil (the best suited for production, given the concentration produced) in Jumilla, Ontur, Albatana and Chinchilla.

DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN JUMILLA

Most of our vineyards are located around the municipalities of Ontur, Albatana and Jumilla; at about 700 meters (about 2296 ft.) above sea leavel, and sheltered by Denominación de Origen Jumilla.

Denominación de Origen Jumilla, located at the south-east in Spain, is characteristic by ample valleys and plains, with occasional mountains. It’s a transition zone between the Mediterranean east coast and the Castile la Mancha mesa.

PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION
VINOS DE LA TIERRA DE CASTILLA

We have a vineyard that holds the denomination Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla, located in Pétrola, Albacete, at 900 meters (about 2952 feet) above sea level.

Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla Protected Geographical Indication, allows identification of wines ellaborated from grapes proceeding from within the zone.

That geographic indicator encompasses a vast number of producers and serves as an acknowledgement to the grape growing and winemaking tradition of Castile la Mancha.

Pío del Ramo’s vineyards at Pétrola

SOILS

The quality of the wine starts off with the soil where the vine produces its fruit. The so-called “terroir” is the perfect combination of soil, climate, location and orientation of the vineyards.

In our case all of those characteristics are present. The soils of our zone are all dark, or dark-calcareous, with a good water holding capacity and medium permeability, which allows vines to survive under long-lasting water scarcity circumstances. They have few organic matter, high PH levels and low salt levels. Its loam / sandy loam texture bestows good ventilation.

CLIMATE

Our vineyards enjoy continental climate; softened in part by the Mediterranean sea, by east; and hardened by La Mancha mesa, by west.

It can be said that it is an arid climate with few rain (about 11.8 inches of rain per year), with quite hot summers (surpassing 104º F) and cold winters (easily below 32º F).

It’s under such extreme climate where, against what would seem logical, the genesis of what will become an excellent wine takes place. The reason is that this climate favors a healthy growth, both for the plant and the fruit. The lack of humidity makes minimal handling required, since rot cannot happen within the drought.

Thanks to these conditions, we can get healthier, more ecologically produced wines.

Vineyards at la Finca del Cuco Vineyards at Albatana Vineyards at Ontur

OUR LAND

VARIETIES

  • MONASTRELL (MOURVÈDRE)

    The most representative variety of the region and of Denominación de Origen Jumilla.

    We have separated two zones of Monastrell grape based on the age of the vines: the younger one, formed by vines that were planted in 2006, is located in Finca del Cuco (literally “the Estate of the Cuckoo”, because of the egg-shaped place where the estate is located).

    The zones with the older Monastrell grapes can be found on plots with vines over 50 years old. These are the base of our greatest wines. They are goblet-trained under a strict dryland farming procedure. Production performance is low, but highly concentrated, thus achieving the typical character and personality of this variety.

  • CABERNET SAUVIGNON

    La Finca de Las Gateras is dedicated to the growing of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety since 2003.

    This kind of grape gives body and balance to red wines, and thus it’s the base for crianza wines.

  • SYRAH

    We can find the Syrah variety at both Finca de La Casilla and Finca de La Cañada.

    Planted in 2002, this is one of the varieties that best develops its potential in this zone.

  • MERLOT

    The estates of Pedreras, Cero Blanco and Teófilo have been since 2002 dedicated to growing the Merlot variety.

    Their clay soils produce wines with a good body, higher tannin levels and better preservation than those from sand soils.

  • TEMPRANILLO

    At Finca Porrudos we can find our Tempranillo crops.

    This variety develops a high aromatic potential, and produces fruity and fresh wines.

  • CHARDONNAY

    The Chardonnay variety can be found in the estates of Basteguillas and la Florida, where the soil is best fit for a dry, fresh and fruity white wine.

  • MOSCATEL DE GRANO MENUDO (MUSCAT BLANC À PETITS GRAINS)

    The estates of la Cingla, Cerro and Cañada de la Ermita are purposed for the growing of Moscatel de grano menudo. Their soils apport freshness, sharpness, elegance and refinement.

  • PETIT VERDOT

    Since 2004, Finca Cespial is dedicated to the growing of Petit Verdot, producing wines with an extraordinary and unique character.

  • VERDEJO

    In Pétrola we can find the cold weather typical of northern regions. This trait turns the zone into an excellent place for the growing of the Verdejo variety, contributing to the fresh, herbaceous character of this grape.