Aragon: Carinena

Piquer (Muel)

From Carinena, a sub-section of Aragon with its own Official Denomination (D.O), in the foothills of the Pyrenees, we bring you an excellent, characterful red by Manuel Piquer in hot, dry Muel. “Lelia” is an old-vine Grenache without a hint of oak to let the fruit shine through and has become a firm Winery favourite. Our shop was overrun when Manuel visited The Winery with a posse of 14 family members recently.

Chapillon (Muel)

Christophe Chapillon is the (surprisingly) French man who, while working at Vinicola Real in Rioja, introduced us to our phenomenally popular Spanish red “Lelia”. He recently sourced some old vine Syrah and Merlot, and asked Manuel Piquer, the wine-maker of Lelia, to make it for him. Something of a maverick businessman, Christophe now lives in Zaragoza with his Spanish wife and is very pleased to have named this wine after himself.