Tomás Postigo is one of the legendary winemaking names of Ribera del Duero, and one of a handful of key figures responsible over the last 25 years for consolidating the region's reputation as one of the most exciting in Spain.
Born in the small village of Cantimpalos, in Segovia province, Tomás was the technical director of Protos in Peñafiel from the mid 1980s until 1988, when he teamed up with José María Ruiz Benito to create Pago de Carraovejas, which he planted from scratch in its own valley just east of the village; and this quickly earned itself a reputation as one of the top wineries in the region.
In 2008, Tomás decided that it was time to do his own thing and came across an old industrial installation in Peñafiel. Intrigued by the fact that as this had originally been a boilermakers, and that there was still a vast mobile crane facility on site, he was immediately drawn: this meant considerably less hassle in converting the building into a winery that would – as ever – incorporate natural gravity as one of the all-important features of his winemaking.
For grapes he was also pretty much at home given years of friendship and familiarity with so many local growers. His fruit comes from hard core of about 200 historic aquantances. In the difficult 2011 growing season, he bought fruit from just 28 of these, and tells a wonderful story of how his skepticism about the suitability of one such acquaintance's vines: the dedicated lady in question took the time to painstakingly inspect each plant on her property and tie ribbons round the vines that could be harvested to Tomás's absolute satisfaction. Long friendships with dedicated growers such as these are therefore invaluable, and the wines reflect the benefits of both these and his considerable winemaking skill.