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Nestled on the high-desert plateaus of La Mancha, Bodegas Parra Jiménez is renowned for its production of natural wines, crafted from a blend of native and international grape varieties grown in certified organic and sustainable vineyards. The winery is committed to producing wines that are not only pure and elegant but also structured, reflecting the unique terroir of the region.

For generations, the Parra family has been deeply rooted in the agricultural traditions of La Mancha. However, it wasn't until 1993 that they established their winery, at a time when organic viticulture was still a novel concept in the area. Undeterred by this, brothers Francisco, Javier, and Luis Parra chose to pioneer organic wine production.

They founded their winery in the village of Las Mesas, near Cuenca, and by 1996, they were exporting their first certified organic wines. In 2004, the Parra family embarked on an ambitious expansion, constructing new facilities at the Cuesta Colorá estate.

Their vision was to create a biodynamic, self-sustaining ecosystem. This led them to diversify their agricultural practices, incorporating livestock rearing and the cultivation of garlic, grains, peas, and lentils, thereby completing the agricultural cycle. Today, the estate boasts Sohiscert organic and Demeter biodynamic certifications and produces not only wine but also organic garlic and Manchego cheese.

Since 2017, Pablo, Javier's son, has led the winemaking efforts at Bodegas Parra Jiménez. Drawing on his education from the University of Ribera del Duero and mentorship from the esteemed Juan Antonio Ponce, Pablo has curated a collection of concentrated, well-structured natural wines. His innovative approach has introduced new techniques and styles to the estate, including the production of orange wines, pet-nats, and amphorae-aged wines, alongside traditional methods.

Under Pablo's guidance, Bodegas Parra Jiménez continues to be a beacon of biodynamic farming and winemaking in La Mancha, pushing the boundaries of traditional viticulture and enology to new heights.

Additional Details:

  • Producer: Bodegas Parra Jiménez
  • Varietals: Verdejo, Tempranillo
  • Sustainable Practices: "The goal is to establish a closed, sustainable ecosystem. The weeds feed the livestock, which fertilizes the crops. Parra Jimenez is also involved in food recycling by feeding the skins and stems from wine manufacturing to animals. Bodegas Parra Jimenez has evolved to become Europe's largest certified Organic vineyard while adhering to its founding principles. Today, a new generation, led by Pablo Parra, is leading the winery toward minimal winemaking intervention by launching a new natural line of small-batch wines. This new dedication necessitates careful attention at every stage of the winemaking process, beginning with the selection of grapes sourced at roughly 900 m altitude from some of La Mancha's highest vineyards."
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  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Castilla La Mancha
  • Sub Region: Las Mesas