Casa Gran estate is located in the “Les Alcusses” valley at the foothill of a mountain called “Bastida”, where an ancient Iberian town from the IV century B.C. is found. We are at 530 meters (1739 ft.) above sea level and 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the city of Valencia.
This valley has been preserved as a landmark because of its scenery and the archeological remains; having only a regional road crossing it connecting the towns of Moixent and Fontanars.
Casa Gran lies on the northern hillside of a mountain and covers 110Ha (272 acres) of land. The soils of this hillside are 100% sandy, those at the bottom of the valley are a mix of sand and clay and the ones facing south are completely composed of white clay. The climate and weather conditions are ideal for wine production with warm days and cold nights.
Given that our soils are composed of several different clay and sand proportions, therefore different fertility and water retention ability, we have at our disposal several parameters to
match and obtain the right balance with:
> vine planting pattern and rootstock
> strategies for permanent ground covers
> grape varieties
> irrigation, if necessary
> viticulture actions
When we plant a new plot we take into account these parameters with the aim of producing top quality grapes.
We have local grapes such as Garnacha Tintorera, Monastell and Malvasia, next to other
Mediterranean ones as Syrah and international ones like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Gewüztraminer. The latter was brought from Germany to our estate by Carlos’ grandfather over 60 years ago. Our vines are stronger and self-sufficient thanks to the ecosystem and the mycorrhizas. The ground cover allows us to maintain the temperature of
the soil at 8-12ºC (46-53ºF) cooler than a bare soil while keeping the humidity, forcing the roots to go deeper for a better hydrological offer. Our motto is “work with Nature, not against her”.