Sierra de Gredos has slowly emerged as the region to watch in Spain. Located just a short drive west of the city of Madrid, it has a handful of upstart producers who have been drawn to the region, lured by the abundance of old Grenache vineyards, sitting high in the mountains.
Telmo Rodríguez, one of Spain’s most well-respected winemakers grew up hiking in the region with his father. Their trips together along once-forgotten trails were a glimpse into the history of the forgotten regions of Spain. Inspired by hiking forgotten trails and seeing neglected vineyards, he took great interest in areas such as Sierra de Gredos.
After much research, Telmo purchased vineyards in Cebreros. He hired winemaker Marc Isart to be the lead winemaker. He also refurbished an old hunting lodge to act as the winemaking facility, as it sits in the heart of the vineyards. “Granito” is one of the wines under the Pegaso label (Pegaso is a reference to the Spanish car manufacturer of the 1940s, which collectors admire for its focus on design and style).
“The Granito vineyards of El Robledillo and El Mojón are planted on shallow soils of volcanic origin at an altitude of 800 to 1000 meters. Very old traditional garnacha bush vines are manually harvested and spontaneously fermented in foudre, followed by an élevage of 18 to 24 months in 600-liter French oak barrels. Granito tends to be more accessible, fruitier, and silkier in texture, with delicate structure. Granito is produced in small amounts and is released when deemed ready.” (Notes from importer De Maison Selections)
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