Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada


Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada

  • Varietal: 100% Pedro Ximénez, whose historical origins lie along the Rhine river in Germany.

  • Vineyards: The Alvear family owns 310 acres (125 Ha.) of vineyards located in the most famous pagos of la Sierra de Montilla, Moriles, and Las Puentes. The Alvear family also works with viticulturists that have traditional, long lasting relationships with the family. All vines were planted before 1990.

  • Soils: Albariza. Rich in calcium carbonate, with the soil and subsoil composed of soft marlstone, a type of soil composed mostly of limestone and mud. These soils are poor in organic matter, infertile, of a simple mineral composition, with a very crumbly consistency. The different horizons of the soil structure have a high level of water retention, and as a result, the majority of the vines’ root structure is developed in the first 23.5” of the soil. That being said, the vines’ primary roots can reach 13’ into the soil.

  • Winemaking: This sweet wine is obtained by drying the Pedro Ximénez grapes on mats in the sun. Due to the abundance of natural sugars that are accumulated during the ripening process, the wine will reach 17% alcohol naturally. Aged 12 months in traditional large earthenware jars, called tinajas.