Pedro Gonzalez Mittlebrunn has been the driving force behind the
revival of León´s intesnely coloured and flavoured local variety
Prieto Picudo and the fresh and aromatic Albarin Blanco. Vineyards
are located on the windswept, rolling landscape of El Paramo, in
the northern reaches of the Duero River basin. With 10o hectares of
old vines, nutrient poor soil and traditional bush training, the
grapes grown are intensely concentrated and produce wines of
outstansing quality - every vintage has been awarded over 90 points
by both Parker and Peñn.
León's climate is cold mediterranean, but the altitude and
proximity to the Cantábrico mountain range make it closer to
continental climate. Long, foggy and frosty winter, spring and
summer are irregular. Autumn is usually rainy (around 500mm).
Thanks to the fluctuations of temperatures between day and night
the grapes are rich in aromas and polyphenols. 2,700 hours of sun
per year favour a regular ripening.
Primarily devoted to the production of wheat and aromatic herbs
such as chamomile, the contours of the low hills (oteros) provide
adequate protection from the winds for prieto picudo. Traditionally
known as Valdevimbre-Los Oteros, this region now offers its wines
under the alternative appellations Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y
León or D.O. Tierra de León.
Grapes - the lowdown
Albarín blanco is one of the great mysteries among the
Spanish grape varieties. It is a rare and scarce variety. It has
nothing to do with albariño from Galicia even
though the names are similar. This grape is autochthonous from the
South of León and Asturias. Extremely aromatic and
fresh grape variety. It combines herbal aromas
from verdejo with tropical fruit fromalbariño adding
a moscatel background at the end. Nowadays, there are
only 200 hectares left in the region D.O. Tierra de León, but
we hope there will be more as the number of consumers increases
Prieto Picudo: indigenous to León. Small compact bunches of
small, thick skinned berries very low yielding. Wines are typiclaly
cherry coloured, higher in alcohol and very aromatic - fruits of
the forest and black pepper.