The documentary ‘Proyecto Garnachas de España’ is a journey through the history of the Garnacha variety, the film’s main character, accompanied by the people who grow, study or make wine with it. This 45-minute documentary covers the trip carried out by the oenologist Raul Acha, a passionate defender of this variety, through the basin of River Ebro and the areas that have traditionally grown the Garnacha variety: La Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Catalonia.
This trip begins at the heart of the family Acha, where Raul defends the value of the Garnacha vineyards that his great-grandfather planted in 1906 in his village, Cárdenas (La Rioja). These vines were about to be pulled up by his father with the aim of planting other more productive varieties. Among his family, a few believe that the Garnacha variety will disappear because of the complications involved in its production and winemaking. Raul, therefore, decides to search for areas with old Garnacha vineyards that experience similar issues, and in each of these areas (Calatayud, the Moncayo and the Priorat), he encounters different people that tell him about the Garnacha’s history in that area and its evolution.

Following this road trip, Raul Acha returns to La Rioja with his own project, a collection of wines made in each of the areas he had been searching for the uniqueness of an old Garnacha variety that reflects the nuances of its place of origin. This collection also includes wines made in La Rioja with grapes from the old vines planted by his great-grandfather. The traditional way of harvesting, carried out by his family, is also shown in this documentary, and it ends with a very special tasting of the entire collection, in which we will be able to see if Raul’s father – so in favour of pulling up the vines – still has the same opinion.