Juan Piqueras and Susana López Arce – Bodegas Pigar, Campo Arcís, Requena
After a significant cutting of teeth stint as winemaker at Viñedos y Bodegas Manuel Manzaneque, Juan decided to focus on the family winery located in the village of Campo Arcís, the multi-generational story is picked up with partner Susana in 2016 where they were both drawn back to Utiel-Requena from the city.
Their small winery is located within the walls of the family home, with the barrel room in the basement of the same house, with its ultra-small production, Juan and Susana make true garage wines. Their vineyards consist of distinct plots of old bush vines, farmed organically, over a variety of different soils and micro-climates. Producing wines from chardonnay, syrah, bobal (D.O. Utiel-Requena’s historically maligned but now championed workhorse) and heritage varieties tardana and royal. Wines are low added sulphur, minimal intervention with some employing skin contact, Bodegas Pigar is set to become a cult icon (if not already) of Utiel-Requena.