Alvar de Dios - 'Vaguera' - 2019
Castilla y León, Spain
Vineyard located in El Maderal, 950 metres above sea level and surrounded by an extensive cork oak forest that shields the vines from the sun. Doña Blanca grape, planted in the 1920s. Direct-pressed. Barrel-fermented and aged at least 12 months in the same barrels. Around 1,500 bottles per year.
In 2014, Álvar de Dios established his own winery and then, in 2015, expanded into a little-known wine-growing region with huge potential: Arribes del Duero. From tiny, centuries-old vines, many of them planted on terraces or river bluffs and rooted in soils rich in white slate and pyrite, come wines that capture the age-old taste and culture of the mysterious borderlands in Camino de los Arrieros, Las Vidres and Yavallo.
The wine is neither filtered nor clarified.