La Encomienda

Living soil of volcanic origin

Encomienda de Cervera is located in the heart of the Massif Volcanic of Calatrava Estate, at an altitude between 750 and 850 meters above sea level, towards the end of the noble and cultural city of Almagro that borders with Sierra de Arzollar and the Cañada Real Soriana, among valleys and hills covered with oak trees and junipers, rosemary, thyme, and much more. There is the view of black soil of volcanic origin and red ochre (Almagre) that, according to some historians, give the city of Almagro its name, as well as limestones and rocky areas. All of it located under the detailed watch of the Maar de la Hoya de Cervera Volcano, declared Natural Monument in 1993, and still waters from one the main currents of the Guadiana river, the Jabalón river.

The chequered orography, made up of its three river basins, creates a peculiar microclimate with cool nights, compensating for the heat of the day.

The Estate

The Estate

Encomienda de Cervera Estate was created in 1758 as a result of the merger among Hacienda de Cervera, Cañada de Zentinar, Heredad de Vilena, Hoya de la Cruz and Coto del Marqués de Cervera. Later, Barranco del Puerco, native of Mesa Maestral of Calatrava Estate, joins the merger with 1,200 hectares. Back then, the estate already had olive groves with two thousand three hundred and seventy five olive trees, an oil press, a country house, and a grove with about ten thousand black and white poplars. At the end of the XIX Century, there was a 22 hectare vineyard and a 200,000 liter winery.

Constructions

Among the original constructions of the XVIII Century, found in Tourist Guides and GPS as “Casas de Cervera” (Cervera Houses), there is an emphasis on the Main House, architectural structure of La Mancha patio surrounded by buildings, including a Corredor with a balustrade like a Corral de Comedias de Almagro, a small Chapel, a Winery and a high-density Oil Press, all of it surrounded by a variety of trees with some over 200 years old.

Olive groves and Oil press

There has been 100 hectares of super intensive plantation of Arbequina variety added to the traditional three-feet long Olive Groves of Cornicabra, and 28 hectares of Isolated plantation of Picual. Harvesting is done the moment the olives are at their optimum ripping stage using, for each variety, the most advanced technological methods. The Oil Press, from the XVIII Century, has been adapted to new technologies of cold press and mechanical methods, extracting the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil for each variety.

Vineyards & Cellar

The old vineyards have been renovated and expanded to 50 hectares, adding the traditional Tempranillo and new varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Graciano. The best hills and altitudes have been chosen for each variety for their growing stage. In order to choose the best soil for each variety, extensive edaphologic studies have been performed on the soil to select among the volcanic, clay-calcareous, and rocky present at the estate. All vineyards are in trellis, oriented to the North/South. They have controlled trickle irrigation systems by humidity sensors at different levels. We take great care of our vineyards, resulting in grapes and wines of the best quality, without losing identity and tradition. The winery, from the XIX Century, has been restored, expanded, and modern fermentation installations have been added, always respecting our environment, and improving the quality of our wines.

A journey through the land of the Volcanic Massif of Campo de Calatrava, which offers Terroir Wines, you will admire the Cordilleras of Monte Mediterranean and the protected Natural Monument Volcano Maar de Cervera, all very close to the Calatrava la Nueva Castle.