One of Andalucia's most ambitious quality wine projects is the innovative brainchild of Vicente Taberner, partner in the Sherry bodega Fernando de Castilla, a passionate wine enthusiast with a vision to produce top reds in the hills near Arcos de la Frontera, northeast of Cadiz.
Great care has been taken with the building of a 'chateau' style bodega using traditional local designs and materials. The first vineyards, adjoining the winery, were planted in January 2002. The estate now covers 91 hectares - 75 of which are under vine with local and international varieties, including Tintilla de Rota (a local variant of Graciano). Historically an area where fruit and vines were planted, this particular site was chosen for its sandy clay, chalky soils and microclimate, with the marked variation between day and night temperatures ideal for high quality red wines. The winery also have a further 160 hectares in the Balbaína district of Jerez de la Frontera. Huerta de Albalá is certainly one of the most significant development in Andalucian winemaking in recent years.