The “La Revilla” estate lies more than 915 metres above sea level. Its moorland soils are poor, shallow, clayey limestone soils, which has a positive effect on the grape ripening cycles facilitating, among other factors, the accumulation of aromas and retention of acidity in the grapes. The estate currently covers 60 hectares and is divided into plots to separate the more limestone soils, with older bush-trained vines that provide more mineral, fine, elegant wines, from other plots with more clayey veins that give greater body and fruit.
In the town of Piñel de Arriba, 850 metres above sea level, lies the “Finca Santa María” plot where we own 9 hectares. A hillside terrain with deeper, fresh, clayey soils that have more organic material and produce more concentrated grapes that ripen earlier. Our fresher, fruitier blended wines come from this plot.
The Valtravieso vineyard is at its peak. The average age of the vines is around 25 years, although our oldest vine is now more than 40 years old. 44% of our vineyard can be considered to be very old with vines from the original planting.
We work with a controlled planting density that enables us to obtain a very good quality of grapes with an adequate performance below those established by the Regulatory Council.
The current planting consists mainly of the Tinto Fino variety as a clear commitment to the indigenous variety, although we also have foreign varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. We are very proud of the work we do with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot at a high altitude as these varieties are on the ripening limit at this height and in the weather conditions of the D.O.
The average age of the vines on the “Finca de Santa Maria” plot is 15 years. We use these grapes mainly in our blended wines, leaving those of the “La Revilla” moorland for our more special wines.
Valtravieso is committed to its vineyard and we therefore take care with the winegrowing practices that play an essential role in marking the identity of our wines and of the winery: the terroir.
We seek to produce honest wines that reveal the terroir they come from and we therefore carry out simple tasks but with great meticulousness. We work with precision winegrowing in which data collection is important for providing greater knowledge of the environment and of the vine, but always based on logic. Having vines on the moorland, where the wind continuously blows hindering fungal diseases, enables us to carry out ecological growing practices with a philosophy of maximum respect for the soil and the vines.
We use mainly manual work in the vineyard: green pruning, trimming, defoliation, elimination of bunches of grapes if there is excess production or insufficient ripening (at the end of winter), harvesting, etc. We seek the maximum fruit on the vine and we therefore try not to overripen the grape. We taste grapes daily at the end of the ripening process and carry out weekly analyses in order to harvest at the right moment of ripeness.
Together with other winegrowers we carry out continuous grape tastings and ripening analyses. A permanent collaboration which, over the years, enables them to know our needs and continuously improve the quality they offer us.
We also buy grapes from the areas of “La Aguilera”, “Roa” and “Pesquera”, “Fuentenebro”, “La Horra”, etc., seeking different components (quality, elegance and refinement, structure, fruitiness...) for our blended wines.