FROM BIERZO TO GREDOS
The vineyards are located alongside three great geographical references: from the northern boundary in Los Ancares in El Bierzo following the Sil River; along to the plains crossed by the Duero River, covering the wine regions of Rueda, Ribera del Duero and Toro; and the southern boundary ending at the Alberche River and the Sierra de Gredos.
At our vineyard we work to cultivate fruit that is aromatic and concentrated.
El Bierzo is Castilla y León's westernmost region, and it’s well known for its gold and coal mines. The zone is primarily composed of clay hills and some slate slopes in the area that limits Galicia.
The weather is mild, Atlantic continental, with medium precipitations. The soils are mainly clay, and in the mountains slate.
The main varietal is Mencía, mixed in the vineyard with Doña Blanca, some Godello and Jerez.
The old vineyards on slate slopes produce aromatic and tasty fruit, with moderate acidity and few tannins.
The Galician Bierzo, which borders Valdeorras, is the most mountainous winemaking zone.
We have 3ha of very old Mencía with some Doña Blanca, grown in clay and scattered slate. The land faces north and yields low production.
"Sil River reunites three wine zones: Bierzo, Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra; and two great varietals: Mencía and Godello. The Bierzo reminds us of the Rhône, Hermitage and Cornas"
D.O. Toro is the most extreme zone of the Castilian Duero and it’s known for having one of the highest concentrations of old vineyards and ungrafted vines in Spain.
The weather is continental, extreme and arid, with atlantic influences and low precipitations. The alluvial soils are covered with sand or gravel.
The main varietal is Tinta de Toro (local Tempranillo), and mixed in the vineyards are also Garnacha varietals, as well as Malvasía and Verdejo whites.
Vineyards have quite meager productions, around 10-15hl/ha. These concentrated fruits are used to produce powerful, ripe wines
"Duero River is the Spanish wine river (it flows through Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Cigales, Toro and Los Arribes) and the Portuguese wine river (Douro). The gravel vineyards in the Castilian plains recall the Lower Rhône, Chateauneuf-du-Pape"
On the south bank of the Duero, known for being extremely dry and with centenary, gravel vineyards, we have 3ha of very old, ungrafted Tinta de Toro vines. The land faces slightly north and has extremely low productions.
On the north bank of the Duero, with its cool sand soils in coldest zone of the region, we have 8ha of Demeter certified vineyards with old, ungrafted Tinta de Toro, Garnacha and Malvasía varietals.
Sector Sur of Sierra de Gredos
Gredos is not an officially recognized wine making region, but AAVV Garnachas de Gredos is fighting to receive regulations for this large region.. Gredos is a mountainous zone that covers several communities, and it’s known for its spectacular landscapes.
It has mountain weather with medium to low precipitations. The soils are mainly granitic sands in the north, and slate in the Cebreros area.
The main varietal is Garnacha, mixed sometimes with Albillo in the Cebreros vineyards.
The old vineyards cultivated in slate produce concentrated and aromatic fruit, however wines cultivated in granite tend to be more delicate and ethereal.
"The hills of the Sierra de Gredos are home to four D.O.'s (Métrida, Madrid, Sierra de Salamanca and AAVV Garnachas de Gredos) and a dominant varietal: Garnacha (plus some Rufete and Albillo). In its Castilian branch, the Alberche and Garnacha wines become a sort of Côte-Rôtie."
In the surroundings of Peña Lobera, at an altitude of 900m, we have 3ha of very old Garnacha cultivated in high density in granitic soil. It is a false-southern exposure vineyard.