While the classification of sites in Ribera del Duero is in its infancy, one can glean a village’s reputation by […]Keep Reading
While the classification of sites in Ribera del Duero is in its infancy, one can glean a village’s reputation by who grows grapes in the neighborhood. La Horra, with its 300 inhabitants, and located near the headwaters of a tiny, seasonal tributary of the Duero would not arouse the attention of most travelers. Yet to the seasoned eyes of Mariano Garcia, Peter Sisseck and Eric Solomon, this village, surrounded by chalky soils– locally known as Creta– looks like an ideal spot to grow grapes.
While the vineyards in La Horra that Mariano Garcia farms for Bodegas Aalto and Peter Sisseck for his Flor de Pingus bottling are blended with fruit from several differing sites and villages, our modest Creta comes from a 12 ha Tempranillo vineyard that was planted in the late 1940s. At an elevation of 850 meters above sea level, it is one the highest vineyards in the appellation and we chose the name Creta as a reference to the chalky soils on which these ancient vines grow.
Rafael de Haan has recently partnered with us to make our Creta Ribera del Duero. British born and educated, Rafael joined the UK wine trade in 2000 and early on realized that he rather have a career closer to the vine. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona, began brokering a selection of estates and opened a tapas bar before establishing his first property, Bodegas Abanico in Rioja with his partner Nuria Altes.
Creta is made at Bodegas Neo located near the village of La Horra. The grapes are picked by hand and transported a short distance to the cellar where they are sorted and destemmed. Fermentation is done in tank and the wine ages for 4-5 months in a combination of French and American oak.Close