Behind the Garcia family are many generations of winemakers and the winemaker here, Isaac Fernandez is the nephew of ex-Vega Sicila incumbent Mariano Garcia. For several years Isaac worked with his uncle at that iconic estate before deciding that it was time to set up on his own.
His winery was established in 2000 in the small town of Nava de Roa, between Peñafiel and Aranda del Duero, on 52 hectares of limestone-influenced soils that are poor enough to force the vines to work hard at producing high-quality fruit from low yields. No grapes are brought in from beyond the boundaries of the estate so total control of quality is maintained.
Lower-lying land near the Duero river provides the basis for the youngest and freshest wines, while higher ground of sand and clay soils infused with a little limestone yield fruit for the middle rank of Monteabellón wines. On the highest ground, where the soils are stony and the limestone content is at its peak are grown the grapes for the most ageworthy of the wines.
The popular Avaniel bottling, a mainstay of The Society’s List, comes from the Los Miles, Vacavada, Picarillo and Monroy y Valdián plots closer to the river and the intention is to keep fruit flavours to the fore. It is a ‘joven” style in that it is bottled early with no oak influence which allows the fruit to shine.
The climate is classic Ribera de Duero, with cold winters and hot summers ameliorated by just a touch of Atlantic influence.
Reds are all 100% tinto fino (the local name in Ribera del Duero for tempranillo).