Bodegas Gormaz, a former cooperative and recently-privatized company, controls over 1300 acres of vines in Ribera del Duero’s Soria province, which is the highest and least exploited of the region’s districts. Lying just outside the focus of major commercial development, the Tempranillo vineyards – which are for the most part 50 years and older – have not undergone restructuring and are commonly propagated from vine to vine in the prephyllorexic “promiscuous” manner. In former times, Soria was known for its clarets (dry rose), resulting from a mixture of red and white grapes. Now the Tempranillo is separated from the white varieties, and the old-vine reds can be equal in structure and power to those from Penafiel, Pesquera de Duero or Roa.
In Rueda, a modern winemaking facility was built in 1989 over 14-century subterranean cellars. It consists of 125 acres of established estate vineyard along the Adaja River near the village of Olmedo, forming the quality base. An excellent, fresh and modern dry Rueda is obtained from the local Verdejo and Viura varieties.