For decades, Navarra's wine specialty was the rosé made from Garnacha grapes: a light, dry summer wine. As recently as the 1980s, the Garnacha variety alone took up 90 percent of the region's vineyard space [source: Voss]. Since the formation of EVENA, however, Navarra has become the first Spanish wine region to make a major commitment to what are now called "international" grape varieties [source: Alsop]. The red- and white-producing grapes include:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Moscatel de Grano Menudo
- Malvasía [source: Navarra Bodegas Association]
A small handful of vintners lead the pack of Navarran wineries, including:
Bodegas Chivite -- This winery's labels proclaim a genealogy "from father to son since 1647" and has been in the wine export trade for more than 125 years [source: Hughes]. The firm commemorates this anniversary with its Colección 125 line of wines. Varieties of this line include the Vendimia Tardia, a world-class sweet Muscat; a superlative Chardonnay; and a red blend of Tempranillo mixed with Merlot and Cabernet. Chivite also markets a rosado called Gran Feudo [source: Savage].
Bodegas Ochoa --This winery claims a pedigree dating back to the 14th century [source: Bodegas Ochoa]. Javier Ochoa is a leading advocate for the region's vintners and a driving force behind EVENA. The Ochoa winery is small, but it manufactures the complete range of Navarra wines: red, white, rosado and Moscatel [source: Parode]. Ochoa's Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot varietals all age for one year in oak barrels.
Bodegas Viña Magaña -- This winery was among the first to experiment with clones of the international grape varieties in the 1970s and led the new generation of Navarra winemakers [source: Cervera].It produces Calchetas, Dignus and Barón de Magaña among others [source: Bodegas Viña Magaña].
There are many additional Navarra region wines to choose from, and the regional winemakers are aggressively courting the American market.
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