For our inaugural vintage, the Tempranillo Road takes us to the region of Navarra in northern Spain – the heart of the Basque Country. The vineyards of Cadreita benefit from the perfect climate for producing high quality wines: long summers with moderate temperatures and rainfall as well as a notable nighttime/daytime temperature differential (i.e. very cool nights) which result in optimal, slow ripening and sugar development while maintaining good acidity. Much of this is due to the “Cierzo” – strong, dry, cold winds from the north. The soils are mostly limestone and loam, however, you can find sandy, pebbly and clay soils as well. These areas are especially important as they provide excellent drainage and naturally lower yields. The structure and concentration these vineyards produce is impressive for young wines.