Altos de Tamarón

Fire & Ice

The very best happens when opposites come together.

Many factors contribute to making Altos de Tamarón wines unique and exceptional wines. We could highlight the contrast in climate, in particular. Our range of wines is the result of an almost extreme climate, and it is in these “adverse” conditions that they become special, as the region’s large temperature difference between day and night, especially during the ripening of the grape, yields a hard, tough skin that results in wines full of colour, structure and class. The intense cold delays the sprouting of the vine, and the sudden changes in temperature produce the perfect balance of the fruit during the ripening stage. During the autumn harvest, grapes of magnificent quality are collected

Unique conditions

THE TERROIR’S SINGULAR CHARACTER

There are silt and clay sediments in the soil, with alternating limestone and calcareous layers. The river basin has an undulating landscape, ranging from an altitude of 911 metres in the highlands to the valleys that run alongside the river. Time and nature’s legacy have endowed the entire area with exceptional soil for growing vines.

CLIMATE

The area has a continental Mediterranean climate, with a low to moderate average annual rainfall, dry summers and long hard winters, as well as marked differences in temperature throughout the seasons. It is precisely these differences in temperature that will help the grape to develop a hard skin, capable of withstanding inclement weather to protect the fruit until the harvest. This diverse weather brings unpredictable contrasts that alter the normal course of the vineyards, giving them a character and strength that makes them unique

PERFECT ADAPTATION OF THE TEMPRANILLO GRAPE

The quintessential Spanish grape variety in this area grows in a particular way, producing compact and medium-sized bunches. The wines are a strong violet colour, with aromas of black forest fruits and structured tannins, with medium acidity.

Designation of Origin and Vineyard

The Designation of Origin Ribera del Duero is located in the North of Spain and includes the provinces of Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. These provinces include more than 100 towns along the Douro River, forming a wine-growing strip more than 100 kilometres long. The origins date back more than 2,500 years, which is when we find the first wine-making reference in the area: in the Pintia archaeological site, where the presence of wine residues was already identified, thus confirming that wine has been known and consumed since then. The Designation of Origin arises following the initiative of local winegrowers and winemakers who came together to promote the quality of Ribera del Duero wines.

Since then and to this day, the production, ageing, and commercialisation of the wines is managed and supervised under this Designation of Origin. Its main feature is limited grape production (7,000 kg. per hectare) and the monitoring of authorised grape varieties, to which production of any of these wines is restricted: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Garnacha Tinta, Albillo Mayor.

All this effort and care makes this Designation of Origin one of Spain’s most well-recognised geographical designations at an international level.