Mazuelo de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Mazuelo / Cariñena

Mazuelo, Cariñena and Samsó are synonyms of the same grape variety.

“Popular red grape variety which its high acidity and tannins make to be the backbone in the blends of Catalunya, where it goes by the name of Samsó. It is also used in Rioja, under the name of Mazuelo, to complement the Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha. In Aragón, in the Northeast side of Spain, this grape takes the name of the town where it has an important area of planted vines: Cariñena.”

Mazuelo vineyards are mainly found in the Catalonian regions of  Priorat, Montsant, Tarragona and Empordá, and also in most parts of Rioja and Aragón. Unless the vines are old enough and planted in exceptional sites with first-class exposure and good drainage, is capable to produce very fine wines, but Cariñena gives naturally very high yields. The contribution to blends principally in the north and north west of the country is significant. This variety provides with acidity and tannic structure to the blend with Garnacha and others of the wines of Priorat and Montsant, and also complements with it’s natural high acidity the blends with Tempranillo and other varieties in Rioja.

Why we like Mazuelo?

We like Cariñena because it contributes with tannins, colour and nerve to other grapes including, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah in Catalonia, and Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano in La Rioja.

Youd love Mazuelo if you like…

… blends of Languedoc-Roussillon with Carignan (as this variety is known in France), Grenache and Syrah.

Wines with this Grape Variety

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Abellars Priorat de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Abellars 2011 Priorat

Region Priorat

Producer Noguerals

Variety Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena,
Cabernet Sauvignon,
Syrah

Type Red

£14.99

inc VAT
Bri 2010 Montsant de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Bri 2010 Montsant

Region Montsant

Producer Celler de l'Era

Variety Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena,
Cabernet Sauvignon

Type Red

£12.29

inc VAT
Finca de los Arandinos Rioja Crianza 2010 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Rioja Crianza 2013

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Tempranillo,
Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£11.29

inc VAT
Vina Asomante Gran Reserva Rioja 1998 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in the UK

Vina Asomante Rioja Gran Reserva 1998

Region Rioja

Producer Luis Marín Diez

Variety Tempranillo,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£18.99

inc VAT
Finca de los Arandinos Malacapa Rioja 2012 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Malacapa 2014 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Tempranillo,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£9.29

inc VAT
Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2001 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2002

Region Priorat

Producer Alvaro Palacios

Variety Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena,
Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot

Type Red

£56.99

inc VAT