The Vineyard

The vineyard is situated on a hillside of the municipality of Rueda, located in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon.

Nowadays, our vineyard surface is of 35 hectares, from which 1.5 is of Sauvignon Blanc and the rest is of the autochthonous variety, the Verdejo. Most of our vines are  more than twenty years old and they are distributed in three “pagos” (Spanish name for small agricultural lands): Traslagares, Torreón and Papín.

The soil of our vineyard is the typical gravelly ground of the area, with a pH between 7.5 and 8. It is dun, rich in calcium and magnesium with a good aeration and drainage. The plot has an average altitude above sea level of 760 meters and the vines are planted on west-facing slopes which allow high amount of sunshine.

The region climate is continental and is characterized by cold and long-lasting winters which alternate with hot and dry summers. Generally rain is rare and sunshine is abundant and could even be excessive if the grape would not mature late. This fact makes that the vine draws its water resources from deep in the ground. The large temperature difference between night and day is the secret of the equilibrium between the sugar that the grape wins with the sunshine and the acidity that is not lost during the fresh nights.

VARIETIES

Verdejo

The Verdejo is the autochthonous variety that has led to the creation of the Denomination of Origin Rueda. Of great quality, it is considered as one of the best white varieties of Spain, and it has been present in the Castilian land and gastronomy since the Middle Ages. Its bunch of grapes is small with a medium-sized berry and a thick green-yellow skin.

The wines made from this variety are characterized by their great structure and their exquisite combination of flower and vegetal aromas. They are fruity with a slight touch of aniseed and a speck of bitterness at the end. Traslagares 100% Verdejo, worthy of this kind of wines, is excellent to accompany a wide variety of dishes.

Sauvignon Blanc

This French variety arrived in Rueda in the seventies and adapted perfectly to the local soil and climate, which gave it a pleasant freshness and a special speck of bitterness. It has a small and cylindrical bunch of grapes with small berries of golden-yellow color; the pulp is consistent and of high aromatic intensity.

The harvest is nocturnal and mechanized, and the grapes are transported in small stainless steel trailers. In this delicate process, the proximity of the winery to the vineyard is an advantage that allows to maintain the organoleptic properties of the grapes in their best conditions for the coming elaboration.