Profile of Mauro Winery

Mauro, Ribera del Duero - Spain

Although it hails from a humble "Vinos de la Tierra" table wine category, the ultra prestigious Spanish winery of Mauro is anything but ordinary. With a small but premium range of red wines that regularly rack up 90-plus points in world wine guides, Mauro proves that appellation status is not everything.

Located on a historic winemaking estate in Tudela de Duero, at the western edge of the Ribera del Duero, Mauro was founded just two years before Ribera del Duero became an officially recognized denomination of origin, and it falls just beyond the DO's official boundaries. While DO status would have doubtlessly been a marketing boon, the winery enjoys more freedom than strictly controlled DO wines. Mauro has been able to define a unique style featuring small productions of fruity yet powerful wines known for their unmistakably Spanish style and an ability to age well. Renowned winemakers Mariano and Eduardo García (Mariano spent the first 30 years of his career making wines for the mythicical Vega Sicilia winery) have created three Tempranillo-based wines -- Mauro, Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada Mauro Selected Harvest and Terreus Paraje de Cueva Blanca -- that have earned a devoted following in Spain and beyond for their satisfyingly complex blends of toasted oaky notes and nuances of ripe fruit.

With a continental climate that offers a wildly swinging range of temperatures, this region endures long, bitingly cold winters and hot, dry summers, when sun-scorched days give over to chilled, refreshing nights. The results are grapes with unusual power and aromatic intensity. The soil is mixed, with important mineral deposits that lend Mauro's wine their robust style.

This land has been prized for its vineyards for centuries, and the history of the Mauro estate stretches back to the 16th century, when its grapes were deemed of such high quality that they were exempt from royal taxes. The modern estate is named for Mauro García, the father of founder Mariano García, and is centered around the 17th-century farmhouse that today serves as the winery's operative headquarters.

Wines Produced

Mauro 2005 88% Tempranillo, 12 % Syrah; 14.5% alcohol; aged 16 months in French and American oak
Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada 2003 100% Tempranillo; 15% alcohol; aged 33 months in French and American oak
Terreus Paraje de Cueva Baja 100% Tempranillo; 15% alcohol; aged 30 months in French and American oak

Winery Facts & Figures

D.O.: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
Founded: 1980
Owner: The García family
Winemaker: Ismael Arroyo
Area under Vine: 50 hectares
Oak Barrels: 2000 barrels of French and American oak
Age of Vines: Vines range from 5 to 100 years old; the average age is 20 years old
Grape Varietals: Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha

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