Bodegas Valduero ᛡ founded in 1984 as one of the pioneer wineries of the Ribera del Duero DO (which was established in 1982). Gregorio García Álvarez and his two daughters, Yolanda and Carolina García Viadero revived the family’s tradition of winemaking, with ambitions of the very highest and an array of perfectly complimentary skills: Gregorio, an industrial engineer, Yolanda, an agricultural engineer and Master in Enology and Carolina with a degree in Art History and an MBA.
Valduero now has 140ha of vineyards, all dry-farmed bush vines, located in two sites in the Upper Ribera del Duero: the 90ha Gumiel de Mercado and the 46ha Villanueva de Gumiel. Both are now planted with Tinto Fino/Tempranillo, which, after some experimentation with other varieties, the family now recognises as “the Queen of Ribera del Duero”. A distinguishing aspect of the vineyards’ character is their altitude: at respectively 800m and 900m above sea level they are among the highest in the region (and, indeed, Europe). This leads to significant diurnal temperature variation during the growing season, with hot sunny days plunging to 14°C at night: perfect conditions for shaping Valduero’s trademark mix of fruit intensity with freshness, elegance and fine tannins.