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.
Ferratus was built 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. Ferratus 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.
Maria Luisa comments, '2017 will be one harvest I will never forget, not only because it was so complicated but also because of the mere fact we managed to produce anything at all! Between 2am and 7am on the mornings of the 27th and 28th April 2017 there was a very sharp decrease in the temperatures in Ribera del Duero which dropped to -5 degrees at a time when the vine had already started to bud. As a result of this freeze, most of the vines were devastated which led to a very short 2017 vintage. Yes, there is an abundance in quality but unfortunately not in litres. The only hope is for Mother Nature to bless us with an abundant 2018 harvest ', which thankfully has happened particularly in Ribera del Duero.
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