Bodegas El Nido
Bodegas El Nido is part of Gil Family Estates. Founded in 2002. This tiny winery is located in the Aragona valley with over 44 hectares of 70-year-old Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon. These are very old grapevines and all of them have a north to northeastern orientation.
With the goal of achieving a pure expression of Monastrell grapes in their wines, El Nido is the joint venture between Juan Gil and Jorge Ordóñez (both staunch believers in the potential of the Monastrell grape). They are joined in their effort with the help of the brilliant top Australian enologist, Chris Ringland.
Bodegas El Nido only crafts two wines: Clío and El Nido. These wines are crianza aged between 20 and 24 months in oak barrels and they are both produced in very small quantities. Spanish law requires that for a red wine to be labeled as a Crianza, it must be aged for two years, with a minimum of one year in an oak barrel and for another year in the bottle before it’s sold.
This winery has gained international recognition from both wine critiques and general global communities of wine enthusiasts. This boutique winery's international prestige is so vast that El Nido was one of the wines selected for the famous Japanese “Les Gouttess de Dieu”, which can be translated to mean “Drops of God” a New York Times Best Selling Japanese manga series about wine.