SIERRA DE SALAMANCA
The origins of the vineyards in this area date back to Roman times. From the XV and XVI centuries, historical quotes can be found attesting that the Sierra de Salamanca was known for its excellent wines. During the nineteenth century, these lands experienced a strong growth becoming one of the economic pillars of the region.
During the fifties of the twentieth century, the cooperative wineries of this area were created, which had a prominent role in introducing new techniques and the conservation of the vineyard. At the end of the last century, the vineyard suffered a progressive abandonment, largely caused by the depopulation of the rural area, causing the gradual closure of the cooperative wineries. In the last decade of the twentieth century, a change of paradigm was seen in the mountain viticulture. Four modern warehouses were created and the last cooperative winery was renewed to produce high quality and low production wines.
The wines of the Sierra de Salamanca are characterized by a marked typicality due to terroir, very complex and peculiar. The process begins in the vineyard, grown with much effort to get little production of high quality grapes. The harvest is done manually by selecting boxes and parcels at their optimal moment of ripeness. The wineries, with small capacity and equipped with the latest technologies, produce the wine naturally, allowing the characteristics of our soils, climate and varieties to emerge. Thus we get different wines, wines linked to the Sierra: unique and authentic
DEHESA DE LOS CANONIGOS
Dehesa de los Canonigos is one of the great historic estates of Ribera del Duero, which despite having changed hands on several occasions, has managed to maintain its delimitations virtually intact. The name of religious resonances, which has also remained throughout the years, cames by the link to the clergy, which was the first owner of the estate, since it belonged to the Chapter of the Cathedral of Valladolid, composed of 22 canons, hence its name. It is located within the municipality of Pesquera de Duero and described by its delimitations: on the east by the cañada del Indio; by the west with the meadow that belongs to the Monastery of San Bernardo de Valbuena and on the north by the lands of Valdemadera
Each of the plots are harvested and vinified separately, in order to obtain the maximum expression of the peculiarities of each one of them. The must is fermented with natural yeasts, which come from our vineyards, at a controlled temperature. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wines makes the aging in American oak barrels, mainly, between one and two years old. We work with different toneleries in order to give more complexity to the wines.
BODEGAS ALFREDO SANTAMARIA
“Bodegas Alfredo Santamaria” is a family winery located in the old town of Cubillas de Santa Marta. With its rustic Castilian style harmonizes and embellishes this small town in the province of Valladolid.
It is composed by the third generation of winemakers. The marketing of our wines professionally speaking begins in 1991 with the goal of producing wines of high quality and short production within the Apellation D.O. Cigales. That´s why we have modern facilities and the most advanced technology available necessary to make possible a vinification according to modern times, but maintaining all the best learned from the traditional methods inherited from our past generations.
Knowing that great wines are grounded from viticulture, we own our own vineyards, which worked throughout the whole year to obtain the best results.
BODEGA LUZDIVINA AMIGO
Amigo Family cultivate vineyards for many generations ago and we have learned from tradition as the origin to develop new concepts and illusions. It was 2002, when we decided to produce bottled wine, refurbishing an old warehouse that once served to make wine and serve the local market.
The 12 hectares of vineyards that are currently growing, are distributed in more than 82 small parcels not very distant from each other. They are the soul of our wines.
We make six different wines. Two whites and four reds with different types of barrel aging. We take what the earth gives, diversity of soils from plots with a gentle slope, with deep alluvial soils formed by granitic sands and clays and vines over fifty years to produce Baloiro, until shallow slate soils rich in mineral slopes steeply raked, and vines over a hundred years to make Viñademoya and Leiros.