In 1972, Alejandro Fernandez and his wife Esperanza Rivera of Pesquera de Duero initiated the renaissance of Spain’s Ribera del Duero appellation with the area’s first modern wire-trained vineyard, their Viña Alta in Pesquera. In the mid-1980s as Tinto Pesquera was making a name for itself, Alejandro spied a neglected slope along the Duero River which had the appearance of being the most ideal vineyard site in the region, perhaps in all of Spain. It extended one full kilometer along the southfacing mountain slope and led right to the river’s edge. Ideal soils in the full range preferred by the Tempranillo variety – from gravel to clay with a chalky base – suggested there was potential for a multitude of styles from this difficult grape, essential for creating the desired complexity and balance. The first planting of just over 100 acres took place in 1989, and today the estate has since grown to include over 500 acres of prime Tempranillo vines.
Condado de Haza reflects the bold and brilliant winemaking style of Alejandro Fernandez, unrivaled master of Spain’s Tempranillo variety. Bottled after the malolactic fermentation and 15 months in American oak, it can be enjoyed early yet will benefit from patient cellaring.