Acquiring his first parcel in his home village El Pego, near the southern boundary of DO Toro, Álvar called it Aciano in honour of his grandfather. Its uniquely sandy soil is resistant to phylloxera, which is why these ungrafted Tempranillo vines have survived since being planted in 1919 and are now all grown organically. Álvar makes Tío Uco from three plots of vines located in the region of Toro but classified outside of the DO to allow more flexibility in winemaking and a return to the traditional methods which reflect the true history of the region. It’s made from organically farmed grapes, is fermented whole cluster with indigenous yeasts, sees only a gentle maceration, and is aged in neutral French oak. It is bursting with black fruit, menthol and liquorice and a long minerally finish.
Vagüera comes from a tiny half-hectare plot of abandoned vines at an elevation of 950m near the village of El Maderal. 100% Doña Blanca gently pressed and fermented by indigenous yeasts. Stone fruits and minerality sing in this extremely well balanced and structured wine. Las Vidres has a profoundly mineral core with evocative aromas of wild herbs and pollen and is a fabulous example of the ageing potential of Spanish white wines.
VdT Castilla y León 'Tio Uco'
VdT Castilla y León 'Vagüera'
VdT Castilla y León 'Las Vidres'