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    Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz

    Valderiz Juegabolos

    Spain, Ribera del Duero, Ribera del Duero D.O.

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    Winery Overview

    Bodegas y Vinedas Valderiz S.L. is located in Roa de Duero, in the heart of Spain, about 160 kms north of Madrid and represents 7 generations of vine growers. The vineyards consist of 60 ha planted by Tomás Esteban and 10 ha planted by his father in 1932, which have been successfully maintained. They are spread across 35 parcels, each with different soils, made up of the traditional low bush and trellis. All vines have been grafted from the original vineyards planted almost 100 years ago. In 1980, the head of the family, Tomás Esteban considered his options for making the most of their plots of land in Ribera del Duero. Located in Roa, the heart of this region, the vinyard began to take shape over the next 10 years with the efforts and devotion of his sons Juan and Ricardo Esteban. Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz came into being in 1997, and it is now one of the most widely-recognized wineries in the Ribera del Duero. The family is currently one of the forerunners in organic agriculture in the Ribera del Duero area. The total absence of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers is the vinyard´s distinctive trademark. This practice has led to some forward-thinking to develop biodynamic viticulture and since 2000, a small area of land has been cultivated using biodynamic practices. The “Pago de Valdehermoso” is a vineyard situated in Roa where some of the most complex Tinta del Pais grapes in the Ribera del Duero region are produced, as certified by D.O. enologists benchmark analysis.

    Vineyard

    60 ha total, over 35 plots of different soil types, continental climate at a high altutude plateau with striking temperature variations during each season. Most remarkable Vineyards are Tomas Esteban and Juegabolos planted by Tomas Esteban, and those in the Valdehermoso section added by current generation Juan and Ricardo Esteban.

    Soil

    The unique character of this terroir is that the top 1.5 metres of soil is gravel. This creates perfect conditions for ripening in a very healthy environment. Lower down in the soil profile there is clay which provides the vines with all the nutrients and water that they need.

    Viticulture

    The grapes come from the Juegabolos (Bowls Players) terroir planted by Tomás Esteban in 1988. TThe production is 4,000 kg per hectare. It is totally free of artificial fertilizers and systematic chemical treatments.

    Vinification

    The fermentation process is very gentle without intensive extraction in stainless steel tanks with a 10,000 kg capacity. During the process no enzymes or yeasts are used that do not originate in the grapes.

    Aging

    Aging: 36 months
    Type of Wood: 80% French oak, 20% new American oak barrels.

    Scores & Ratings
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    James Suckling
    91
    Tim Atkin
    94
    James Suckling
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