Ferratus is located between Aranda de Duero and Gumiel de Izán in the heart of DO Ribera del Duero in the province of Burgos in Castilla y León. It is nestled in a picturesque area surrounded by pine groves. Established in 2003, Ferratus is a modern, family-run winery which represents the culmination of the Cuevas Jiménez family's vision to create top quality wines with personality, finesse, elegance and harmony. "Ferratus is a winery, but above all, it's a passion" says María Luisa Cuevas. She is the family's daughter, a former city lawyer and now the driving force and one of the few women to own a winery in DO Ribera del Duero and to produce wines with a feminine touch.
Before this project began, the one condition set by her father, Pedro Cuevas, was that the winery should be built in such a way as to maintain the utmost respect for the environment, thus the natural flora of the land, as well as lavender and pine, surrounds its vineyards. This ensures the most meticulous protection of its vines from the perils of winds and frost. The vineyards, of mainly Tinta del País (Tempranillo), are some of the oldest in the region, with several more than 50 years of age.
The facilities of the winery are highly functional with harvesting done by night followed by a rigorous selection of grapes on a double selection table. The grapes then reach the stainless steel vats by gravity without the use of a hopper. The wines are fermented in small tanks classified by vineyard, followed by a secret coupage by winemaker Benigno Garrido, and refined in almost 100% French oak. There are different barrel selections, origins and decisions on the ageing time for each wine. They test small batches of cask wine to decide the combination of woods and toasted notes for their wines - evolution and elegance depend on the combination between so many toasty aromas but never obscure the leading role of the fruit. For this reason, the wines will never show the ageing time on the label. Only when the wine is at its peak do they decide that it has to come out of the barrel.
Since its first vintage in 2003, Ferratus wines have dazzled wine critics who have awarded them the highest scores in the area such as Peñin Guide, Repsol Guide, Magazine Vinum, Sibaritas Magazine, Guide ABC, and many others. These wines are very complex with great capacity to develop over time and adapt to the demands of the modern consumer. Ferratus' winemaker, Benigno Garrido, has become one of the great connoisseurs of the Tempranillo grape during his long career throughout the Duero valley after his professional background with local grapes in Toro, Zamora and Arribes.
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