Dominio de Tares Winery Guide
Founded in 2000, the Dominio de Tares wine estate has been quick to make a mark on Spain’s up-and-coming Bierzo region, earning a reputation for well-balanced, elegant wines. International varieties are shunned in favor of two native grapes: the white Godello and the red Mencía. Ancestors of these grapes are said to date back to Ancient Roman times, when Bierzo’s Las Medulas were important gold mines and when the Romans settled into the area, cultivating vineyards during their stay. Although these ancient and traditional grapes are still largely unknown beyond Spain, their complexity and concentrated flavors have many wine experts buzzing that Bierzo could be Spain’s next big Appellation after Priorat. The region in Spain’s northwest, tucked just under Galicia, is gorgeous and one of Spain’s best-kept secrets. Soft, gentle hills, charming historic towns on the Saint James pilgrimage, tidy patchwork vineyards, and small quaint hotels make Bierzo a wonderful place to enjoy a gourmet wine tour in Spain.
As Bierzo is considered one of Spain’s most exciting wine regions, Dominio de Tares is also considered one of the most exciting wineries in the region. Located in San Roman de Bembibre in the High Bierzo, the winery sources grapes throughout the Bierzo DO (“Denominación de Origen,” i.e., Appellation). This region has been called a “puzzle” of different microclimates and terroirs. The vineyards are located in pockets where the high altitudes (vineyards are planted as high as 800 meters), mild climate, and intense sunshine create optimal growing conditions. Dominio owns some of the region’s oldest vineyards; most vines are at least 40 years old, and many are as old as 80.
The Dominio de Tares label produces a diverse range of wines, each with its unique character. Among their notable offerings are the red wines Baltos, Bembibre, Tares P3, and Exaltos Cepas Viejas, meaning ‘old vines,’ and the exquisite white wine Godello. With a team of creative winemakers at the helm, the company prides itself on its embrace of innovation and technology, which has garnered them numerous awards and accolades. The United States is a significant market for Dominio de Tares, whose wines have received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Baltos, for instance, was hailed by Wine Spectator as “one of Spain’s best buys” and was awarded an impressive 90 points. The 2011 vintage of Exaltos Cepas Viejas received high praise, earning 94 points from Wine Enthusiasts and 92 points, along with four stars from the Guia Penin 2015. Similarly, Bembibre 2010 and Baltos 2011 scored 92 points in Wine Enthusiasts’ ratings. The winery’s white wine, Dominio de Tares Godello 2013, attained an impressive four stars and 91 points in the Guia Penin 2015.
Dominio de Tares Baltos100% Mencía; 13.5% Alcohol; Aged 4 to 7 months in new and old American and French oak.
Dominio de Tares Exaltos Cepas Viejas100% Mencía; 14% Alcohol; Aged 9 months in new American and French oak.
Godello100% Godello; 13% Alcohol; Aged 3 months on the lees in new French Allier oak.
Bembibre100% Mencía; 14% Alcohol; Aged 15 months in new French oak.
Tares P3100% Mencía; 14.5% Alcohol; Aged 9 months in new French and American oak.
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
Age of vines
up to 110 years old
Oak barrel origin
American and French
Bixente Eiagirre Aginaga
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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