Familia Martínez Bujanda established a base in La Mancha in 1999 with the acquisition of a large property (1,000Ha) halfway between the provinces of Cuenca y Toledo in Spain’s Central plateau. Its main attraction was the high elevation (above 900m) and the significant variations between day and night temperatures.
The property was named after the old vines that grew there (antigua means old in Spanish) among the holm oaks. The family recovered part of this heritage and planted more vineyards with local and international grapes. Land under vine now totals 421Ha including white varieties like Viura and Moscatel alongside reds such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Limestone is the dominant soil.
The portfolio includes a wide range of single-varietal wines (Viura, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Garnacha) sold for about €6.5 in Spain. Blends include Finca Antigua Crianza (around €7.5, 50% Tempranillo with international grapes) and Finca Antigua Reserva (€12), which blends French varieties: Merlot (60%), Cabernet and Syrah. Grapes for Clavis (around €34 in Spain), their premium red, are sourced from the Pico Garbanzo vineyard with clay soils and an unusual mix of grapes: Garnacha, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Mazuelo and others. There’s also a naturally sweet Moscatel that is sold for €9.
Most tours include tastings in which the wines are paired with world-known local Manchego cheese. A 4x4 tour of the vineyards is also available. As a souvenir, all visitors are given a photo of their stay and an invitation to visit Finca Montepedroso, the group’s winery in Rueda.
Commanded by siblings Carlos and Pilar Martínez Bujanda, the group has its roots in Rioja where they own Finca Valpiedra and Viña Bujanda. They also produce PGI (Vino de la Tierra) and table wines for the Cosecheros y Criadores company.
Familia Martínez Bujanda Group wines can be bought online in Spain.