Follow Us
Sunday
Apr032016

FIELD NOTES: SPAIN DAY 3 [RIBERA DEL DUERO]

A photoblog from Rob's recent visit to Spain & Madeira

RIBERA DEL DUERO WITH ALFREDO MAESTRO

Alfredo has some pruning to do.

A close up of one of the old tempranillo vines in Asperilla.

Amazing to think that old plots, or manjuelos, like this one are simply handed over to Alfredo by the owners. No one else wants to work them due to their low yields and he is known for his recuperation of ancient parcels. The only other options are to let the plot become abandoned, sell, or grub up and replant. Alfredo is doing some important work.

Kiss the sky. Valtiendas vineyard at 1000 meters altitude, Castilla y Leon.

Asperilla vineyard, looking out towards the Castillo de Penafiel. Ribera country.

You call this soil?

Alfredo and his mama.

Tasting time. Many of these could carry the DO but Alfredo refuses to use it.

The single site wines.

Now time for some lunch! Local churra lamb (sheep and wine are the two pillars of Ribera's economy) cooked on vine cuttings, salad and cheese from Alejandro Fernadez' farm in La Mancha.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>