Trena is the new wine from Casa Lo Alto and it is made of Tardana. Its name comes from the place known in the region as El Tresnal, where it was usual to pile harvest bundles in the shape of a triangular prism after reaping to lose moisture before being taken to the threshing floor.
Trena is elaborated with Tardana, a native variety of grapevine with thick skin and a long cycle, very well acclimatised to the ecosystem of the interior of the province of Valencia, more than 700 metres above sea level. The plot’s land is seated on a calcareous clay base. The 2019 harvest was carried out on the 15 October, by hand and in 15-kilo boxes. Alcoholic fermentation was spontaneous by wild yeasts in concrete tanks and high-capacity oak foudres, where it rested on fine lees until bottling, when a gentle filtration was done.
The creative inspiration of designer Dani Nebot has been enrolled once again for the label of the wine, which shows the figure of a warrior this time. The intention has been to complete the Casa Lo Alto range of wines with an image that brings back the past of our land, but with a modern vision of things to come.
Flowering is the point of the vine’s vegetative cycle when the flowers open. Flowering occurs mid-June at the vineyards of Casa lo Alto and it is very important because it determines the volume of the harvest. Both the cold and the rain can alter the flowering process, which lasts approximately one week. After flowering, it is possible to statistically evaluate the number and the distribution of the bunches on the vines, to know if nature has been too generous or if the distribution can be unfavourable for achieving good ripeness. Vine-growers usually allow approximately 100 days between flowering and harvesting.
The designs on the labels are Iberian, the Iberian civilisation is very important in the region because there are sites in the area which attest to the importance of this culture in introducing wine.
Wine consumption in the Requena-Utiel plateau is documented from 7 B.C., and the start of production in 6 B.C. At the Las Pilillas archaeological site, winepresses were excavated on large blocks of limestone, and next to these, wineries and storage areas were built, which are the first evidence of wine architecture. Wine production in the Requena-Utiel plateau began at Las Pilillas, giving rise to a wine culture which was alive during the antiquity and has continued until now, as an example of our culture and tradition. In the case of Rocha Candeal, it is a warrior with a boar’s head, and in the case of Manzán, it is a dog, these being the interpretations that this culture made in their day, using the means that they had to illustrate them. Our designer has used this ancient culture as the basis for illustrating the wines, to which he has added a symbology with information about the area and some modern colours to point out that, even if the vineyard and the cultivation methods are as before, the styles of the wines are a touch more modern.
We could define our wines as ‘vino de paraje’ wines. These are wines in which the conditions are subject to a specific and defined environment. In our case, it delimits our Casa lo Alto, a hill in Venta del Moro with particular soil, historical and environmental conditions. In the vineyard, we use agricultures which respect the environment and its biodiversity, and in the winery, minimal intervention, so that the specific qualities of the area are represented. With these principles applied, we just have to leave these iron- and limestone-rich clay soils surrounded by almond trees and pine forests to give character to the wines. Anyway, when you taste them, let us know what you think.