Founded only in 2014, Garmón's rise to fame in the Ribera del Duero has been astonishingly quick but when one considers it is the project of Mariano García, former winemaker at Vega Sicilia for 30 years, then it should be no surprise. Mariano put the Ribera del Duero on the global fine wine map in his time at Vega Sicilia and is turning heads once again at Garmón.
Garmón Continental is the García family’s (Bodegas Mauro and San Román Bodegas y Viñedos) commitment to ancestral, smallholder viticulture based on old, vineyards of low vigour situated in high, cool, and continental riverside areas with a long maturity cycle.
The 2014 vintage was the first for Garmón, the only wine produced at the all-new winery of the same name built over a three-hectare plot in “Pago de la Barca” opposite the Duero as it passes through Quintanilla de Onésimo and Olivares in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region.
With Garmón Continental, the García family completed its unique trilogy of wineries in the Duero Valley – Mauro (Tudela de Duero) and San Román (Toro). A passionate and exclusive completely family-run vineyard project focusing on the Tempranillo o Tinto Fino variety.
Garmón is produced from a selection of 40 to 80-year-old vines grown in smallholdings in the eastern part of the Ribera del Duero region: Baños, Tubilla, La Aguilera and Anguix, on the right bank of the river; and Moradillo, on the left bank. New vines have been grown in Valbuena and Olivares since 2018.
The winery occupies an area of 2,000 square metres, distributed into different modular buildings surrounding a spacious central courtyard. In the centre of the winery lies the fermentation area with the capacity to produce 80,000 kilograms of grapes in 8.000-kilogram stainless steel vats. The grapes are gravity transferred to begin fermentation which occurs spontaneously using native yeast.