Estates / Maestro Tejero
REGION: Castilla y Leon
APPELLATION: Ribera del Duero
Alfredo Maestro Tejero was celebrated as "A Magician in the Duero" for elevating the integrity of his appellation while eschewing its label.
A native of Peñafiel, the heart of Ribera del Duero, Alfredo Maestro Tejero started planting vines, buying grapes, and making wine in 1998. He played by the rules of modern oenology, but soon learned that truly expressive and original wines are only achieved through natural practices and minimal intervention in the vines and cellar: no synthetic chemicals, biodynamics "sin fanatismo," and no added sulfur during elevage (except at bottling for export).
He chooses freedom over branding, working under the broader Castilla y León indication in order to pursue vines outside the limits of the Ribera D.O.
Castilla y Leon
Castilla y León consists of the following provinces: Ávila, Burgos, León, Valladolid, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, and Valladolid. Around the province are Asturias, Basque Country, and Cantabria to the north; Galicia to the norhtwest, Aragon and La Rioja to the east, Castile-La Mancha, Extremadura, and Madrid to the south.
Castilla y León is mostly a landlocked area; a plateau with mountains on all sides, except for where it meets Portugal. Naturally fertile soils grace the region’s central plateau, although irrigation is necessary in many areas due to little rainfall.
The wines made here fall under Vino de la Tierra, a step below the Denominación de Origen - a subset in the quality control system used for wine and foodstuffs such as honey, meats, cheeses, and condiments in the country.
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