Pesquera de Duero, Spain
Winemaker Monica Peñas
Region Ribera del Duero
Soil Type Chalky Limestone
Main Varieties Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Monica Peñas, an energetic and passionate young winemaker, leapt at the chance to use grapes from her husband's family vineyards. These are in the more remote, western area of the Ribera del Duero region, around the town of Pesquera de Duero. Here, the Duero valley is much narrower, allowing vineyards to be planted on the valley slopes, at altitudes around 800 to 900 metres. They have roughly 25 Hectares in total, spread over many small parcels. Most can be found just west of Pesquera de Duero in the Valderramiro valley, a tributory to the main Duero valley. Inherited vines from her husband's family are 45 years old, and newer vineyards have been planted in 2010 and 2014.
Currently working in rented winery space, Monica makes two, small cuvee wines that shine with vibrancy and expression. Growing up in this region she knows how to eke out the subtleties of the grape and its terroir. Monica believes you will find there is no irony in the name! A new chapter is being written in this region, in the shape of her new winery!