Azul y Garanza is owned by the Masaveaus, one of the wealthiest families in Spain. They established their family corporation in 1840 on a "traditional, clean, honest and non-speculative cultural model," and own properties in Navarra as well as in Rioja and Asturias. Along the way, they've become among the most significant art and rare book collectors in the world.
They are also one of Spain's most beloved and eccentric wine producers in the Navarra region. Their 1,000-acre vineyard and winery was established in 2000, yet it has already captured the hearts, minds and glasses of Spain.
Their eccentricity is occasionally on display in their choice of grapes - for instance, Merlot. You would really have to search far and wide to find much Merlot in Spain because, after all, it's a French grape. But, Merlot is the main grape in Bordeaux, and in many of its most revered and expensive wines.
The Masaveus planted it because their property is similar, climate-wise, to Bordeaux. And they've decked their vineyard out with the most modern equipment they could find. Using technology like mechanical harvesters with cameras attached to only pick the ripe grapes is the kind of thing that science fiction is made of, but wine?
Well, the result will have you praising their ultra-modern methods. Our selection could easily be confused with one of those French wines whose cost per bottle is the same as a case or two of our Azul.
Here is the power and the glory of Merlot. Favors of dense cassis and berry are almost buried in the medium tannins, but awake just in time to leave you breathless.