The grapes to produce the Cuvée Dominio de Cair come from 20-25 years old vineyards grown on poor soils. Yields are controlled to a maximum of 4,500 kilos per hectare. Grapes are picked by hand and placed in small plastic crates. Upon entering the winery, bunches undergo a manual selection and then individual grapes are sorted based on their weight. Following this double selection process, they are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in used French and American oak barrels for 9 months. It later spends at least 6 months in the bottle to round its aging.
In total the winery works 85 hectares of vines, located in the villages of La Aguilera, Quintana del Pidio, Gumiel de Mercado and Moradillo de Roa. At an altitude between 800 to 950 vines are planted on chalky-clay, sandy and gravel soils and have an average age of 20-25 years. Grapes are hand harvested and taken to the winery for an additional sorting.
The name Cair is an amalgamation of the first two letters of two great friends’ surnames, Juan Luis Cañas and Juan José Iribecampos. After searching high and low for the perfect site they settled on the heights of Ribera del Duero, where in poor soils they found old, gnarly Tempranillo bush vines. Cair wines display the hallmark style of finesse and power, found in both Luis Canas and Bodegas Amaren in Rioja. Great balance between the fruit and the oak has seen these wines winning the IWC Ribera del Duero Trophy on occasion. Located by the town of Aguilera, Juan Luis and Juan José spent years searching out the perfect vineyard sites and have struck gold with low yielding gnarly old vines planted on very poor soils at 800-900m above sea level. Currently holding 70 hectares, they are constantly on the look out for the right plots. Only the highest quality grapes are harvested each year with rigorous selection taking place in the vineyards prior to grapes being hand picked and passed through two sorting tables. The meticulous care and attention to detail are evident in these wines, which display both the power and finesse evident in the top wines of Ribera.