In 1923, Dr Vicente Álvarez-Villamil bought Bernabeleva, an estate in San Martín de Valdeiglesias (Madrid). It is located at the foot of the Cerro de Guisando and the Gredos moutains and adjacent to the Tórtolas stream that formed the border of two Roman provinces: Lusitania and Tarraconense. For decades, Dr Vicente Álvarez-Villamil’s descendants have fondly taken care of the old vines he planted, with the intention of someday producing quality, honest wines.
The 35 hectares old vines mainly consist of garnacha, albillo, with some muscatel de grano menudo and red morenillo. The soils are tawny sands formed from decomposed granite rock, with relatively high acidity and limited amounts of nutrients. The soils are shallow on higher plots, which are over 830 meters above sea level. The rainfall is around 628mm per annually and the vineyards have different orientations and sizes; most of which are located on the slopes, hillsides and foothills.
In the vineyard, the soils are maintained manually and the native cattle manure is added to balance organic matter level. The only treatment used, if necessary, is a dust of copper and sulfur. Winter and spring pruning and other fieldwork are done following moon phases, particularly in plots from which single-wineyard wines are elaborated.
Brunches are hand-harvested in small 12kg cases. Grapes are cooled for 24hours to favour a pre-fermentative maceration and slower extraction.
Every plot is vinified separately in wooden tanks of different capacities. Macerations are longer than 30 days in all the reds, before ageing in French oak barrels of various sizes as long as each wine needs.
In Bernabeleva, the vineyard is worked on with a respect for balance with nature. The wines produced from autochthonous varieties, show off differences in orientation, vegetation, altitude and soil of each locale. In the winery, the raw materials are obtained from the vineyard. The wines express the characteristics of the vineyards and their surroundings, and the viticulture is in tune with the environment.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
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Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.