Matanegra Spanish wineFinally, Cañamero is an even smaller area of approx. 1,200 hectares in the Sierra de Guadalupe, about half-way between Badajoz and Toledo. The small town of Cañamero is the production centre for the area bearing its name. The vineyards are situated on the shoulders of the mountains at heights of 1,968-2,624 feet (600-800 metres). The soil consists of slate. The vineyards in the valleys are sited on alluvial soil. The production of this small district is chiefly in the hands of small, long-established family bodegas. While Tierra de Barros may bear DO on its label, the other areas officially remain Vinos de la Tierra. The DO predicate may only be added to the label after each bodega has been approved according to criteria established.


The Spanish wines of Matanegra

This area is mainly known for its young, fresh, and lively wines which at present are very inexpensive. Most of the vineyards are planted with native white varieties such as Pardina, Cayetana Blanca, Montoea, Eva, Alarije, and Cigüentes. The Pardina grapes in particular produce excellent results with the present technology. Drink temperature for this Spanish wine is 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

The rosé and red Spanish wines are chiefly made with Cencibel (Tempranillo) and Gamacha. Drinking temperature is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) for rosado Spanish wine and 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) for red jovenes. The red Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva, especially those produced with Cencibel, are very promising and offer a great deal for their price. You can drink this Spanish wine at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).