Finca Aylés is located in the northeast of Spain, near the city of Zaragoza, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona.
The wine project of the Ramón Reula family began its journey in the 1980s and ended with the reunification of various properties that had belonged to the so-called Finca Aylés since the Middle Ages. Today, Aylés is one of the largest private historical farms in Aragón, with more than 3,200 hectares of valuable ecological and landscape conditions.
Aylés’ historical roots are long and deep and its rich environment and landscape have always been linked to the cultivation of vines.
The earliest existing documentation dates back to the XII century, time of the Christian Reconquest led by Alfonso I in 1120. In 1165, king Alfonso II granted this land to Cistercian monks who harvested the very first unique Aylés grapes.
Wine production flourished here for over five centuries, overseen by members of the nobility beginning with the Justice of Aragón, Blasco Fernández de Heredia, the first owner of this finca not belonging to the clergy.
Aylés is more than just a winery and a vineyard; it is a well-defined territory in which nature and wine have co-existed harmoniously for centuries.
An impressive landscape of contrasts encompassing the Huerva river which cuts spectacular gullies and ravines before the immutable presence of Monte San Pablo. A landscape blessed with clay, limestone and chalky soils, deep caves and subterranean rivers to which the vineyards bring a veritable symphony of life and color.
Without a doubt, this is a true Pago – Single Estate Domain or Cru -, with its own very special defining features which distinguish it from its surroundings and which possesses such a wealth of fauna, that the European Union has included it in its Natura 2000 Network as a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA in Spanish).
The distinctive features of this terrain – the nature of its soils, the fields and paths that border the estate, the birds that accompany the vine grower as he works the land, the nocturnal wildlife -, all come together to impart a very unique character to Aylés’ wines.
Those in charge of this modern winery have always been committed to attaining the highest standards in terms of quality. After years of continuous studies ranging from pedology, climatology, organoleptic, physical/chemical examinations to elaboration methods and Ayles’ historical background; in October 2010 we were recognized as Vino de Pago, the highest level of quality any Spanish winery can aim for thus
Since then, we are the 1st Pago wine in Aragón and one of the few (15) existing Pagos so far legally recognized in Spain.
ARAGÓN’S ONLY PAGO
PAGO: [\,PĀ-GO\] A rural area which has unique characteristics in both its soil and microclimate distinguishing and differentiating it from surrounding sites and whose vineyards produce wines with singular qualities.
In the Spanish wine quality pyramid, Pago wines rank at the highest level.
Aylés’ extreme weather conditions – with dry and cold winters, unstable springs and very hot summers -; influence our wine’s characteristics. During summer, there is a fluctuation of over 20ºC between day and night temperatures.
Our estate has exceptional soils for the vines as they are mainly made up of Glacis; meaning deep, stony but also clayey, cold and above all, very old ground (Tertiary, 25 million years).
The situation of the vineyard: open to the North wind, closed to the warm winds by the mountain range and protected from the last rays of sun (especially in summer) by the mountains located to the West, favors a long and late maturation and vegetative cycle.
We have low rainfall, but the soil composition facilitates the storage capacity of water. In a semi-arid climate, this is the key to maintaining quality. Clays allow us to accumulate water from spring and then make it available for the rest of the cycle.
The clays generate slow springs since they are terrains that have difficulty reaching activation temperature. This generates a cycle delay of up to 15 days with respect to other zones located at similar heights.
“The best among the best”