Valduero is a family winery and was one of the first to be founded in the D.O. Ribera del Duero. It was created by Gregorio García Álvarez in the small village of Gumiel de Mercado, which is located 16km to the northeast of Aranda de Duero, right in the heart of Ribera del Duero, in the province of Burgos. At that time, there were only about half a dozen wineries in the region and despite its long tradition of winemaking and the reputation among connoisseurs for the quality of its wines, it was largely unknown to the general public.
The Consejo Regulador of D.O.Ribera del Duero was created at about the same time.
Yolanda García Viadero, daughter of the founder and a trained agronomist, discovered at that time the traditional viticulture of the region and also the Tinto Fino variety that is a product of its vines. She describes this grape as being “exceptional and unique in Spain, with a strong sense of terroir in its character, which gives structure and acidity to the wines, putting them on the same level as the best wines in the world”.
This is the fundamental concept behind the philosophy of Valduero, which nowadays has become the standard practice of the winery.
At Valduero, we have always maintained that wines should be excellent in every respect in order to satisfy and give pleasure to the consumer. For this reason, they are kept and aged in our winery until they have reached a great harmony and balance that is always based on their power. This is the reason why Valduero concentrates on making Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva wines.
Yolanda is convinced that great grapes need time and care in their development and to show their best. She considers absolutely necessary the time spent ageing both in barrel and in bottle, taking care of the smallest details that respect all that comes from such special vines.
In our beginnings as winemakers in 1984 we were 5 years using some old facilities in the village of Gumiel de Mercado, along with these facilities we acquired an old winery demolished in the same town we restored and put in funcionamientosu cave to 19 m deep dating from the seventeenth century.
In this cave only had the capacity to store 500 barrels so we decided to extend this cave, and we have almost 1 Km. From túnelesexcavados more than 30 m deep, which harbor more than 1,000 barrels aimed at raising our Reservations and Gran Reserva: Valduero 1996 “six years” and Valduero 1990 “12 years”.
The point of maximum depth is 40 m underground, and this cave was once what today is the tunnel 1000 m2 for storage of barrels. In extending this cave was employed one year and those responsible were D. Gregorio Garcia, President of Valduero and Yolanda García Viadero. To do this we hired a specialist Asturian pierced these tunnels with a machine mole. Today we want to preserve this cave to commemorate our ancestors did in the old wine vats.