El hato y el garabato
Fornillos de Fermoselle, Spain
Winemaker José Manuel Beneitez
Soil Type Sandy Granite and Schist
Main Varieties Juan Garcia and Doña Blanca
Moving away from previous careers, both José and Liliana have spent several years travelling the world together, learning their crafts. Inspired by culture and history, their goal was of returning to their homeland and continuing the winemaking traditions of their Grandparents.
José is the winemaker and viticulturist. To name only a couple, he has worked at Dominio del Bendito, in Toro, and Niepoort Vinhos, in the Douro. They have both also lived and worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia, and California. Liliana is the other half of this energetic duo, with a Masters degree in wine business managment. Together, and with the help of their kids and close friends, they have embarked on their adventure. It is José's Grandfather's ancient, but small (1 ha) vineyard in Arribes is where it all starts...
They manage other small parcels for local owners, all at least 80 years old, totalling about 10 ha. They follow organic principles with the aim of being certified after full conversion. The red Juan Garcia and Bruñal, and white Doña Blanca and Puesta en Cruz (Rabigato in PT), making up most of their grapes. Quite often these are found as a field blend, grown as low-level bush vines. The Arribes region, and the wines of Equipo HG, bring together the ripeness and minerality offered by the schist soils on the steep slopes of the Duero gorge, along with the freshness and higher natural acidity of the granitic plateau, at 700m in altitude.
The name 'El Hato Y El Garabato' comes from a Don Quixote quote, meaning 'to bet it all', every last bit!