LEGENDARY WINES FROM A LEGENDARY MAN
The 1970's brought the realization of a lifetime dream for a young and determined Alejandro Fernández, who came to be recognized as the "Master of Tempranillo." Propelled by his conviction that wines of superb quality could once again be made in the place of his birth, he went against the movement of the time, when cereal and beetroot dominated the landscape, and planted his Tempranillo vineyards in his hometown of Pesquera. In a modest 16th century stone lagar, or ancient wine press, he produced his first vintage of wine and named it Tinto Pesquera.
Tinto Pesquera's 200 hectares of vineyards sit near the Duero River, in the province of Valladolid, at close to 2,400 feet in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil. This ideal combination produces the legendary silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines of Tinto Pesquera iconic to the D.O. Ribera del Duero, the designation that Alejandro helped to create in 1982 with another few fellow pioneers.
At Tinto Pesquera, Alejandro and his family are focused exclusively on creating aged Tempranillo wines of exceptional quality from their estate-owned vineyards. With extended barrel aging in neutral oak, forever respectful to the fruit, over time Pesquera's wines become more complex and nuanced without losing their original character. Alejandro's years of experience working solely with Tempranillo and his firm commitment to time, waiting to release his wines only when he believes they are ready to be enjoyed, have made Tinto Pesquera synonymous with fine wine from Ribera del Duero.