Manuel Valenzuela has been a pioneer in Spain producing natural wines. He arrived with his family in 1979 to Barranco Oscuro, a cortijo (farm) in La Alpujarra, one of the poorest places of Spain with the sole motivation of doing a new life in the countryside after become tired of the big city. The land was covered mainly with almond trees, but the cellar was full of wine from the owner before, who kept the vineyards for himself. Manuel had to plant a new vineyard to keep making wine. The land was never worked with chemicals and keep so was the aim of Manuel who became a respected leader in organic farming.
Manuel Valenzuela has been a pioneer in Spain producing natural wines. The 12 hectares of vines are located on the top of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, growing organically and unirrigated. The altitude, with the summit being 1368 meters above sea level, a mediterranean mountain climate, the low rainfalls and poor soils of schists and clays result in very low yields and very rich juices.
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