Torremilanos is a large and remarkably quirky family winery which dates back to 1903 and is - after Vega Sicilia - the oldest winery in Ribera del Duero, accounting for 75% of the region's sales during its initial 'wow' period from 1982 through 1987. 25% of the vineyards are older than 60 and some as old as 150!
The new generation of the family, Ricardo Peñalba, has injected a new lease of life into the vineyards and winemaking since 2006. The results are clear to see in the quality of the portfolio which encompasses a whole range, mostly reds, at all price points. 200 hectares of vineyards planted on a variety of different soils - the main features of which are broadly pebbles, limestone and sand - once managed by his uncle Félix and now by cousin Miguel Ángel, Ricardo makes no fewer than 14 different wines.
The harvest is therefore long: taking an average of 45 days; and in a bountiful year such as 2011 can result in a million kilos but in more difficult ones - say 2010 - can yield 600,000 kilos.