THE VYNEYARD: In the Way of St. James

Since 16 years ago, the vineyard has been my passion. A vineyard I planted in Sahagún, in the south-east of the province of León, in the heart of the Way of St. James (stage in the Codex Calixtinus), where, at that moment, there was no other vine plantation.

The vineyard is situated between the rivers Valderaduey and Cea (tributary of the Douro river from the north), at 850 metres above sea level, in the anticline slope, on the banks of the river Cea, from where one can admire the poplar groves that flourished from the spears of the martyrs of the Charlemagne’s imperial army, at only 500 metres from the Franciscan Monastery of the Peregrina, which has so much history and trascendence in the lives of the people from these lands.

The plantation consists mainly in Prieto Picudo but also Tempranillo grapes. With selected clones from the Finca de Zamadueñas, of the Department of Agriculture of the Junta de Castilla y León, implanted in R-110.

At pedologic level, the terrain is veined predominating the red clay with boulders. The vineyard is planted in trellis with a frame of 1,5 x 3 metres and a north-south orientation of the vine rows.

The climate of the area is cold in winter, rainy in spring and autumn and with scarce precipitations in summer. In the periods of grape ripening, there are important variations in temperature between day and night.