We were always fascinated by the Spanish Far West, the Duero Valley… a land of promise waiting to be discovered.
HACIENDA ZORITA | SALAMANCA· DUERO VALLEY
Our first outpost was Hacienda Zorita, in Salamanca. Our Marques de la Concordia family of wines is headquartered in this Dominican estate. Here, at the very Southern tip of Spain’s Tierra del Vino, winemaking is tradition since 1366.
HACIENDA ZORITA | UNAMUNO VINEYARD· ARRIBES DE DUERO
Our entrepreneurial spirit took us beyond the known wine regions, to the Duero Valley’s most remote and virtually unspoiled wine destination: the Arribes del Duero Natural Reserve.
This is the furthest point one could possibly go along the Duero riverbanks in Spain. Only Unamuno had gone this far before in the early 20th century. Before we arrived, only a few cooperatives were making wine here from the local Juan García grapes, gathered by small plot farmers. Without blowing our own trumpet - in a way we started a revolution. We set shop here and the D.O. arrived a few months later.
Nowadays we have 70ha of carefully managed vines, where we work with the latest viticulture techniques: Smart-Dyson canopy management and drip irrigation system. We grow international varieties (Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) as well as Spain’s indigenous Tempranillo, all of which are handpicked and carefully selected.
HACIENDA ZORITA | VEGA-REINA VINEYARD· RUEDA
HACIENDA ZORITA | ABASCAL VINEYARD· RIBERA DE DUERO
On our way back home travelling along the Duero River banks we discovered the Vega-Reina vineyard in Rueda, Spain’s finest white wine region, and the José Abascal vineyard in the golden mile of the Duero Valley, next door to the world-famous Vega Sicilia.