Zorzal

Brothers Xabi, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz created Viña Zorzal in 2007, taking advantage of their long history and tradition as a winemaking family in Correla, Navarra. Their family winery, Bodegas Correlana, had been run by their grandfather and father to great success in the region, and they became a reference point in the industry. But while the older generation had been more preoccupied with having a viable and commercial trade, the current one decided to take a holistic approach to agriculture, and make artisanal wines, focusing on single-parcels and single-vineyards, and on the terroir of Fitero, this subzone of the D.O. Navarra.

Their landscape differs from the much flatter areas of Navarra where Garnacha and Tempranillo are cropped in high volumes. Their vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), and limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin.

They own 40 hectares, 25 of which planted with the traditional Garnacha of the land. The wild bush vines are old, many centenarian, and are farmed organically. The remaining land is planted with Graciano (which quickly made their fame), Tempranillo, and some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay.
The wines are made in a remodeled part of the family’s old winery, and the work in the cellar follows the work on the land, which they summarize here:
“We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture; we do not till the vineyards, and all processes are carried out manually; we use selected native plants for ground cover fertilizing with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. This philosophy is carried through to the winery, where our wines ferment spontaneously. We avoid racking, and don’t filter nor clarify. No additives are used, only a sufficient, moderate amount of Sulphur.”

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB2526-16
Organic
Malayeto Garnacha
2016
Garnacha Spain Navarra

DB1700-16
Organic
Graciano
2016
Graciano
The high-acid Graciano is the last one of their grapes to be harvested, in their vineyards around the village of Corella. Following a light... Read More
Spain Navarra

DB1699-17
Organic
Garnacha
2017
Garnacha
The fruit from this bottle comes from different plots in the Fitero village. Grapes were picked earlier in 2017, a dry and hot year.... Read More
Spain Navarra

DB1895-16
Organic
Cuatro del Cuatro
2016
Graciano
This wine is a tribute to Antonio Sanz, the father of the three brothers running the winery today. It comes from a 40 year old vineyards in... Read More
Spain Navarra

DB8598-16
Organic
Corral de los Altos
2016
Garnacha
From the northernmost parcel of a single vineyard in Fitero, a rocky site located on the top of a high plateau where the “Cierzo” wind... Read More
Spain Navarra

DB1707-17
Rosado
2017
Garnacha
SOLD OUT. Bush-vine Garnacha, harvested by hand and produced in the saignée method. Exuberant red fruit tones are checked... Read More
Spain Navarra