This beautiful vineyard is located very close to the village of Pedrosa del Duero in the heart of Ribera del Duero, one of the most famous wine regions in Spain.
We recently visited the winery during the Easter break since we wanted to experience the wine tour they offer to visitors and we we have to admit that we were not disappointed! On the contrary, we were amazed by the beautiful surroundings, the visit itself and the wines! We had the privilege to have been guided by the oenologist himself, José Manuel Pérez Ovejas Here is a brief description of what we found out!
The history behind Bodega Hermanos Pérez Pascuas is fascinating since Pérez Pascuas brothers along with several others winegrowers of the region initiated and promoted the creation of Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin back in 1982, which was later internationally recognised as one of the best areas to produce remarkable red wines in the Spanish Peninsula.
The winery was founded in 1980 by three brothers, Benjamín, Manuel and Adolfo Pérez Pascuas who were convinced about the potential of the region to produce first-class wines and began an ambitious project in the land owned by their father Mauro, who already had vines planted in the area.
Pérez Pascuas brothers focused on quality and originality to produce high-quality wines which have attained a high level of recognition worldwide since. Their main attribute has been their consistency with regards to the wine quality standards throughout the years since their foundation.
The vineyard is located at 850 meters above sea level and benefits from a large temperature range in summer which can attain 20 degrees’ variation resulting on warm days and cool nights. This translates into ideal conditions for Tinto Fino (a clone originated from the Tempranillo grape variety which grows in Ribera del Duero) to ripen, to fully concentrate grape tannins and flavours in order for the winery to be able to produce wines with high potential for ageing.
All grapes are hand-harvested during late September or early October, depending on the year. They used to have 10% Cabernet Sauvignon out of the 135 hectares of vines planted but they have recently been replacing them by Tinto Fino since Cabernet Sauvignon needs a hotter climate to successfully ripen than the one which characterises Ribera del Duero, where summers are not warm enough.
Therefore, wines are currently produced using only Tinto Fino. Wines are aged in French and American oak barrels for different time periods with a minimum stay of 18 months for a Crianza, 24 months for a Reserva and a Gran Reserva plus the time the wine needs to age in the bottle before realease (a minimum of 6 extra months for a Crianza, 18 months for a Reserva and 36 for a Gran Reserva).
After we finished the visit, we were conducted to the beautiful tasting room where we tasted three different wines:
1. Viña Gavilán Crianza 2014, Viña Pedrosa, DO Ribera del Duero. 100% Tinto Fino. A medium-bodied red wine showcasing ripe raspberries and red cherries with powerful yet round tannins. Amazing rapport quality-price: €9 at the winery cellar.
2. Viña Pedrosa Crianza 2014, Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas 2014, DO Ribera del Duero. 100% Tinto Fino. A full-bodied red exhibiting several layers of aromas on the nose, including exuberant black fruits such as cassis and black plum, dark chocolate and minty balsamic notes. Complex and earthy in the mouth, ideal to match Lechazo (unweaned lamb), one of the culinary specialities of the region.
3. Viña Pedrosa Gran Reserva 2010, Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas 2010, DO Ribera del Duero. A lot of only 5,985 bottles made out of the grapes from an outstanding vintage; 90% Tinto Fino and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mouth-filling with silky tannins and a lingering finish. Round and elegant; perfect to pair intense flavoured meat based dishes.
No doubt! This bodega is worth a visit if you are a Ribera del Duero lover and wish to experience a genuine piece of the Spanish wine passion and winemaking tradition!