Based in the old-world village of Requena, only a stone’s throw from the historic and metropolitan city of Valencia. Bodegas Iranzo is located in the Utiel-Requena D.O., the second largest designated appellation of origin in Spain.
Bodegas Iranzo presumably produces some of Spain’s oldest estate bottled wines.
The first recorded written evidence of the vineyard Cañada Honda Estate owned by the Iranzo Perez–Duque family dates back to 1335 as granted by King Pedro I of Castilla. The present house of the Iranzo Pérez-Duque family in Requena was built in 1794, and is classified as a Cultural Heritage site by the Valencia Regional Government.
Distinctive Winery Facts
Bodegas Iranzo is one of the first bodegas in Spain to be certified EU organic and the first bodega in Spain to receive USDA National Organic Program certification.
The buildings housing the winery and cellars were built between 1916 and 1929. They have been declared Cultural Heritage sites by the Valencian Government. Sensitive restoration and redevelopment of the buildings began in 1997, incorporating the latest winemaking technology without altering the original architectural lines.
For the Iranzo Perez–Duque family, the practice of organic farming reflects a wider view of the management of natural resources which has led it, since the 1950s, to reforest over 30 hectares with native woodland species. The family has also promoted the establishment of concepts such as a Flora Micro-Reserve and a Biological Station prohibiting hunting, which have made the Cañada Honda estate the largest environmentally protected area in the Valencian Community.
The present vineyard was designed and laid out in 1983 with a view to achieving two distinct but complementary objectives: the production of Spanish organic wines of the finest quality; and total respect for the environment. The volume of organic wine produced takes second place to both of these objectives.
The vine cultivation system used encourages the creation of a micro-climate at the level of the plant’s organs, with optimum temperature, insulation and humidity constants for producing organic grapes that ripen perfectly — a fundamental factor in obtaining quality fruit with the minimum of human intervention.
The production area includes lime soils which are ideal for obtaining colorful wines. Also the sand textures of these lime soils benefit the ripening of the grapes. The vineyard is situated 800 – 850 meters above sea level with an N / SE orientation resulting in maximum sunlight exposure.
The vineyard is fertilized using sheep’s manure from extensively farmed flocks in the local district. No special action needs to be taken against animal parasites, as the vines have not suffered significant attacks thanks to their balanced development and the conservation of the fauna which are not harmed by their cultivation practices that prey on such pests.
Producing No-Sulfites Added Wines – Carrying the USDA Organic Seal
The winery is proud of their two No Sulfite Added, USDA Certified Organic Wines-Tarantas NSA Tempranillo and Spartico.
“It took us several years to perfect a winemaking process that would create a quality and stable wine without the use of any added sulfites in production,” said Alfonso Iranzo, proprietor of Bodegas Iranzo.
These wines are made with the finest grapes, harvested by hand, in pristine conditions. They are fermented in steel tanks, un-oaked with no aging, then sealed with twist cap and a nitrogen flush to keep out unwanted, potentially spoiling oxygen.
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The People of Bodegas Iranzo
Brothers Ignacio, Alfanzo and Carlos Iranzo are the 5th generation in the Iranzo family owning the Bodega with records dating back to 1870.
The wines are elaborated by winemakers Francisco Galbardón–Professor of Enology at Spain’s oldest School of Enology and rising star winemaker Raul Herrero.
Rafa Gimenez,is Bodegas Iranzo Winery Manager
Bodegas Iranzo Wine Reviews
Browse below our wine reviews and descriptions/information of Bodegas Iranzo wines:
Bodegas Iranzo Wines
The winery produces several labels of organic wines:
“Pure wines capturing the essence of Spain in every glass,” Tarantas Wines are made with 100% certified organic grapes. Their commitment to sustainability is backed by third-party certification: Made with 100% USDA Certified Organic Grapes, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Vegan Friendly with no animal byproducts used in production.
Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza– 100% Tempranillo, aged for at least 6 months. Share with friends over a meal – it’s a wine that calls for the next bite. SRP $11.99
Tarantas NSA Tempranillo – 100% Tempranillo, No Sulfites Added, USDA Certified Organic. Intense deep cherry color with fine legs.Elegant nose with abundant ripe fruit, touch of dairy, light spice and balsamic undertones, with hints of chocolate.Excellent entry on the palate, with fine astringency and a sweet finish. Intense flavor of ripe black fruit and balanced acidity. SRP $11.99
Tarantas Sparkling Rosé – Soft, dry rosé with a hint of strawberry. 100% Bobal, one of Spain’s most unique grapes. SRP $10.99
Tarantas Bobal Rosé – 100% Bobal, Very vibrant raspberry pink color. Elegant aromas of strawberry and floral notes. On the palate it is well structured, fresh and fruity. SRP $11.99
The name Spartico and the label design are derived from the word Esparto, or Esparto Grass. For centuries Esparto Grass has grown alongside Spain’s vineyards, providing various forms of life sustenance (woven tapestry, coverings, papers) for the grower families. Spartico wine celebrates the venerable union of terroir and man — a biodiversity between Esparto and Spaniards— that has lasted through the ages.
50/50 Tempranillo and Cabernet, No Sulfites Added, USDA Certified Organic; Contains No Detectable Sulfites. Deep garnet violet color; smoky, salted nut and singed berry pie crust aromas; soft entry, fruit medium body. SRP $11.99
VERTVS Tempranillo Crianza – 100% Tempranillo. Ruby red color with vibrant nose and notes of red cranberry, raspberry, cherries and raisins. SRP $13.99
VERTVS Cabernet-Tempranillo – 50% Cabernet, 50% Tempranillo. Round entry with a dry medium body and a dusty mineral and tart blackberry notes. SRP $11.99
VERTVS Vintage Tempranillo – 100% Tempranillo Joven. Deep ruby, brisk entry to a chewy tannin fade. Medium body with smoky cinnamon notes. SRP $11.99
Cellar door information
Located in the town of Caudete de las Fuentes, the winery tasting room is open by appointment only.
For bookings, contact info(at)tarantaswines.com.
Learn about the Utiel Requena in Video
Find Tarantas Wines on the Web
On the web: www.tarantas.com
Find Bodegas Iranzo US Importer
Natural Merchants, Importer, on the web naturalmerchants.com