Valdecasrtillo Tinto Alfredo Maestro is produced by the Maestro Tejero winery in Peñafiel near Valladolid and was founded in the heart of the famous Ribera del Duero in 1998. From 2000 to 2006 the winery grew gradually, adding other plots in Castrillo de Duero, Olmos de Peñafiel, Quintanilla de Arriba, Bocos de Duero, Olmedillo de Roa, and Arauzo de Salce. In 2007 the search for land on the higher ground leads to the discovery of land in Valtiendas nearly 1,000 meters above sea level with old tempranillo vineyards planted on soils with boulders. The diversity of plants and soils give the wines a unique, distinct personality.
“Wine made with only grapes, well-kept vineyards, and healthy land.” This is the mantra of Castellano winegrower Alfredo Maestro, a bright light amongst an abyss of industrially farmed, over-ripe, over-oaked, and over-manipulated wine-scape that is the Ribera del Duero these days. Alfredo’s goal is to make “easy wines with character imprinted with the earth and the vintage, authentic stories transmitted differently each year and not modified by the hand of the man in the cellar.”
Valdecasrtillo Tinto Alfredo Maestro is a wine with layered dark and red fruit, polished tannins, freshness, and elegance. From a single vineyard, called La Ladera, of 70-year-old Tinto Fino vines grown on clay-loam soils at 960 meters elevation in the municipality of Burgos, Ribera del Duero. 20% whole cluster fermented with wild yeasts in steel vat with 12-15 days of maceration and raised for 12 months within neutral French oak. Castrillo is classic Tinto Fino wine with layered dark and red fruit, polished tannins, freshness, and elegance; a perfect wine to pair with grilled lamb chops.