winemaker : Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, José Martínez and Laura Ramos
Region: Tenerife, Ribeira Sacra, Albahra (Spain)
Grape varieties: Mencia, Palo Blanco, Listan Blanco, Albillo Criollo, Marmajuelo, Baboso, Listan Negro, Moscatel Negra, Listán Gacho, Vijariego Negro, Merenzao, Alicante Bouschet, Garnacha Tintorera, Moravia Agria de Almansa
All about the Winery Envinate
Driven by the desire to highlight the Spanish terroir as a whole, Winery Envinate offers pure and authentic wines. The wines are made from individual plots of land that reflect their terroir and their vintage.
4 Spaniards in love with natural wines
Envinate (literally "make your own wine") is above all a human story, the meeting of four personalities around wine: Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, José Martínez and Laura Ramos.
The four friends met in 2005 while studying oenology at the Miguel Hernandez University in Alicante.
They started by forming a group of consultants (service oenologists) before creating the " Envinate " project in 2008 at the end of their studies.
The aim is to highlight the Spanish terroir under an oceanic influence through plot-based vintages planted with indigenous grape varieties.
Each region has its own wines
They started by buying some plots of Mencia grapes in the Ribeira Sacra region of Galicia, where Alfonso is from. New plots of pre-phylloxera vines were then acquired on the Spanish island of Tenerife (volcanic soil) where Roberto is from. More recently they have found plots in Castilla la Mancha, in the limestone region of Almansa. In each region where they operate, the wines are made on site. In addition to their own vineyards, they work with local winemakers who follow the same philosophy Winemaker as they do; namely, environmentally friendly agriculture based on indigenous grape varieties.
Natural and healthy wines
At Envinate, no chemicals are used in the vineyards. And the grapes are harvested by hand. After being lightly crushed, the grapes begin their fermentation with indigenous yeasts and no pumping over is done. Fermentations are also done without temperature control. Once the fermentation is complete, most of the wines are aged in old barrels, thus bringing controlled oxidative notes to the different vintages. At Envinate, no barrels or new wood are used, the objective always being the purity of the fruit!
Sulphites are only used during the bottling process, and only if really necessary.
Spanish wines at their best
We personally fell in love with these wines! The result is amazing (really)! The wines are pure and crystalline and have very balanced profiles between acidity / minerality / fruitiness. The wines have finesse and freshness, but they also have substance and an interesting body. Envinate: great Spanish wines, heritage wines.