Finca Museum

Castilla y León, castilla y leon Spain

Finca Museum is based in Cigales, a small DO located in Castilla y León, east of Valladolid. Although the area was once known for its dry rosados, a result of co-fermenting field blends of red and white varieties, it is the Tinta del País, a thicker-skinned Tempranillo, that excels today. As the name suggests, the winery is also a museum, with sculptures and paintings dating back to the 17th century.

The continental climate of Cigales (with day temperatures reaching 40°C in the summer, even at 700 metres above sea level) and the soils poor in organic matter combine to ensure low yields and great wines. The soils are so poor that other crops such as cereal are unable to grow. It’s primarily for this reason that the vines, many now over 40 years old, have survived in Cigales. The low-yielding bush vines produce very thick-skinned grapes, which results in wines of intense colour and concentration. Finca Museum own 198 hectares of vineyards with a further 100 hectares of old bush vines that they buy from growers on long-term contracts. All the vineyards are hand harvested with great care into small crates no higher than 90cm so as not to crush the grapes before they arrive at the winery.

`La Renacida` is a field blend from a vineyard planted in 1927, including black varieities of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera, Garnacha Gris, Bobal and Mencía, and white varieities of mostly Albillo Mayor, Verdejo and Garnacha Blanca. The black and white grape varieties are co-fermented and then aged in French oak foudres for 12 months.

The ‘Vinea’ Crianza is aged for 14 months in American and French oak, resulting in expressive fruit-driven aromas with supporting layers of vanilla and mocha. The ‘Museum’ Reserva spends 20 months ageing in French barrels, plus a further 15 months in bottle. Very deep in colour, the wine is richand complex with flavours of blackcurrant, liquorice and roasted hazelnuts.


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