‘Albahra’ is a reference to the Moorish culture that dominated the south of Spain for nearly 500 years. The Albahra wine is produced on flat, dry rocky soils on the Mediterranean side of Spain.
Envínate Albahra is made exclusively with the Garnacha Tintorera grape variety, taken from vineyards planted in Almansa. The vinification process is carried out with 50% of the stems in cement vats where the wine is vinified with its own yeasts. In the same deposits malolactic fermentation carried out, followed by ageing for 5 months.
Envinate, which literally translates as “wine yourself,” is the project of four passionate young winemakers: Roberto Santana, Jose Martinez, Laura Ramos and Alfonso Torrente. The four met while studying oenology in Alicante in 2005 and formed a collective based on a shared philosophy of wine and a desire to explore the ancient, Atlantic influenced terroirs of western Spain.
In 2008, the group bought their first vineyard in Ribera Sacra, then took control of vineyards on the north of Tenerife and then ba single patch of Tinta Amarela in Extremadura. Finally, in 2012, they began working a site in Almansa, planted with Garnacha Tintorera. In each place, the team care for old abandoned vineyards and move frequently around the country.
The 2016 vintages marks a huge change for the Envinate project in the Canary Islands. It’s the same band of friends and the same philosophy as the Envinate projects but from 2016 on the Canary Islands project has grown from focusing only on the village of Taganana in the North Eastern corner of the island to include two other distinct landscapes of Tenerife: Valle de la Orotava and Ycoden Daute Isora.