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Bodegas Valduero is one of Spain’s most visionary and globally respected wineries. For almost 40 years, this family-owned run estate has been leading the way in Ribera de Duero. It was one of the very first wineries to emerge from this highly coveted location to produce some of the most iconic wines in the world.
Bodegas Valduero was established by Gregorio García Álvarez in 1984, when only 30 wineries existed in Ribera del Duero. For over three decades, the region has flourished and so has the Bodega. Today, Gregory’s daughter Yolanda, one of Spain’s top oenologists, runs the 150-hectare estate with her sister, Carolina, who oversees the commercial side of the business. Their wines have won many awards and are renowned for their structure, freshness and complexity. The wines need time to reveal all their potential and for this reason, only Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are being made in the best years.
Traditionally, the vines are trained as low bush – producing very low yields – and planted exclusively with Tempranillo at 800 meters high. Very poor and dry soils combined with the harsh climatic conditions of the area – with cold winter and hot summer – are ideal for making wines of long life with great power.
The state of the art winery is sustainable using gravity to transport the freshly pressed must to the wine barrels, which are stored in three underground tunnels. Yolanda believes that long maturation in both barrel and bottle is absolutely necessary and meticulously selects each barrel to produce powerful and elegant wines that will last for decades.