Based in the town of Nava del Rey, close to
Valladolid, Alvarez y Diez was founded in 1941. Brothers Alvaro and
Juan de Benito inherited the company from their father, who had
bought the company after purchasing their wines as Christmas gifts
for his stockbroking clients.
Alvarez y Diez were among the first in the region to produce the
crisp, herbaceous style associated with Rueda today - a far cry
from the oxidised sherry like wines of the past.
The driving force at the winery today comes from owner Juan de
Benito and winemaker Pilar Garcia who continue the pioneering
spirit of the winery. Their principles are to protect the
environment, limiting the amount of human intervention, to produce
a pure wine that reflects its terroir.
A combination of some of the oldest vines in the D.O, poor soils
and high density planting help to contribute to the exemplary
quality of fruit harvested by Alvarez y Diez which is amply
demonstrated in the finished wines.
The vines are among the highest in Rueda, where there's a huge
difference between night and day temperatures, giving perfect
balance between grape acid and sugar - perfect conditions for white