Profile of Martúe

Martúe is one of the most exciting wines to have emerged from the very up and coming wine region of La Mancha. The region of La Mancha has traditionally been known as a region producing vast quantities of dire wine, quantity rather than quality. This has changed in recent years, with Alejandro Fernandez (of La Pesquera) launching the new winery of El Vinculo, Martinez Bujanda (of Rioja fame), launching Finca Antigua, and of many newcomers, flushed with new confidence, investment and above all, huge ambition. Martúe is one of these “newcomers”. Fausto Gonzalez planted vines back in 1990, as he realized the untouched potential in the area. He dug up the lackluster “Airen” grapes (responsible for fairly drab, bulk wine) and planted Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and of course, Tempranillo, Spain’s noble grape.

Martúe made a decision to produce a quality wine at accessible prices for every day drinking. Spain is awash with “Vinos de Autor”, a term suggesting wines that are works of art. Huge prices are usually what these wines also mean, and Martúe realized there was a huge hole in the market for good value top quality wines. Well, they have succeeded. On a recent visit to this lovely estate, we were extremely impressed with the ambition, talent and excellent wines made by this Castilian team. The concept of “single vineyards” in La Mancha is very new, and Fausto has had to fight to earn respect for his wines, associated with the reputation of the appellation. The winery is designed “hacienda” style, like an old Colonial mansion, although it is quite new. The vineyards surround the estate, Chateaux-style. There is a beautiful tasting room, very homey. We tasted all of the wines and can only report good things. The winery is still finding its way in the market and in its own shoes, and we are hugely optimistic that Martúe will become very well-known abroad.

Wines produced

  • Martúe

    Rich red wine made with 35% Merlot, 25% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah. Aged in new French and American oak for 7 months.

  • Cuvée El Campanario

    100% Tempranillo, 18 months in oak.

  • Cuvée El Palomar

    50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 months in oak.

  • Martúe Chardonnay

    Single vineyard (El Casar de la Guardia), oak fermented (new French oak), filtered slightly. Full bodied and aromatic.

Winery details

Martúe

Campo de La guardia s/n
45760 La Guardia
Toledo
Tel +34 925 12 33 33
Fax +34 925 12 33 32

Appellation
La Mancha
Founded
2002
Area under vine
85 ha
Oak barrel origin
French and American
Winemaker
Ignacio de Miguel
Owner
Fausto Gonzalez and Julian Rodriguez
Grape varietals
Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay

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