When Familia Martínez Bujanda decided to extend its field of action beyond La Rioja, its experts combed the Spanish geography looking for unique vineyards with personality. Finca Antigua was a real find due to its extraordinary characteristics. It is an area of about 1,000 hectares, with an average altitude of 900 meters above sea level, of which 421 are occupied by vineyards and another 600 are an extension of Mediterranean scrubland, where you can find oaks, kermes oaks, rosemary and thyme bushes, and a very rich and diverse fauna.
The climatic peculiarities of the area, with notable differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures and summer and winter, and the hardiness of its soils, chalky and suitable only for crops as hardy as grapes, make the wines grown on this estate unique and innovative. The conditions at Finca Antigua give the grapes a characteristic acidity and a low natural pH.
But the curiosities of Finca Antigua are not limited to its extraordinary conditions for grape growing. Its very location also has a great history behind it.
Finca Antigua is located in the municipality of Los Hinojosos, less than an hour and a half drive from Madrid. Windmills and farm fields characterize the landscape of the area, a stone’s throw from El Toboso and other towns such as Belmonte, Mota del Cuervo, Villamayor de Santiago and Quintanar de la Orden.
Finca Antigua, located between the towns of Los Hinojosos (Cuenca) and Quintanar de la Orden (Toledo), is in the middle of the Quixote Route.
Don Quixote Route
. This route travels through different points of Castilla-La Mancha, as narrated in “
The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha
“by Miguel de Cervantes. In fact, the route includes the places of the adventures of the fictional character, scenarios of the most immortal work of Spanish literature.
This route was created in 2005, as one of the tributes to the fourth centenary of the publication of the book, and has been declared a European Cultural Itinerary, the fourth in Spain after the Camino de Santiago, the legacy of Al-Andalus and the Routes of the Sephardim.
The Route of Don Quixote has almost 2,500 kilometers, divided into ten sections that pass through the five provinces of La Mancha and include sites in 148 municipalities. Finca Antigua is part of the seventh stage.
Close to Los Hinojosos, it is worth commenting on one of the best known peculiarities of this town, since it is actually two villages in one, separated and joined by the road. This is due to the fact that in the year 1241 the border between the Councils of Alarcón and Uclés was established. As the border line crossed El Hinojoso, the town was divided into two zones: one passed to the Council of Alarcón and the other to the Council of Uclés of the Military Order of Santiago. Thus were born El Hinojoso del Marquesado and El Hinojoso de la Orden, separated by a street about forty feet wide. At present it is a single town, with a single town hall, the result of the union of the two separate localities. But the urban complex is divided into two parts, each with a church, that of San Bernabé, from the XVI- XVII century, Renaissance-baroque; and that of San Bartolomé, of Romanesque origin.
The Don Quixote Route includes more than 2,000 elements of cultural interest, as well as crossing incomparable natural landscapes. It crosses two national parks (Cabañeros and Tablas de Daimiel) and six natural parks (Alto Tajo, Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Calares del Río Mundo, Barranco del Río Dulce, Serranía de Cuenca and Las Lagunas de Ruidera).
Finca Antigua, estate wines, manchego wines, manchego wines
When Familia Martínez Bujanda started working at Finca Antigua, they decided to plant new varieties of vines with great potential to adapt to the terroir, while preserving those capable of resisting erosion.
It currently has 40 different plots, where the different grapes of the winery’s wide range of varieties are grown and harvested separately: viura, garnacha, tempranillo, muscatel, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and syrah.
For this reason, the wines we make at Finca Antigua have an innovative and avant-garde character. At
reflect an intention to innovate and surprise wine lovers with a unique and differential proposal. Wines that we are sure Miguel de Cervantes and the characters of his most famous work would love. Discover them while you enjoy the charm of the incomparable Ruta del Quijote!