THE GRAPE: Prieto Picudo

The Prieto Picudo grape is the predominant variety in the area and this is the only place in the world where it is planted (D.O. Tierra de León), what makes it different and peculiar among the grape varieties at global level. Its productivity is scarce, with few bunches per vine since it produces less than a bunch per bud. With complex pruning and harvest, since in its vegetative development presents a great capacity of extraordinary sucker development.

The bunches are light and small. The berrys are small-grained (1,3 gr), the smallest in all the varieties in the central region of Spain. When they ripen, they compete among them, so the grapes get an oval shape and that is the reason of its name Prieta and Picuda (tight and pointed).

The variety has a short vegetative cycle of 118 days, with a ripening behaviour very suitable in the harvesting dates in the first weeks of October. The concentration of sugars is 22,8 º Brix and with a total acidity close to 7 gr/l (the highest in the varieties of the central region of Spain).

The red wines elaborated are complex, easy to drink, very aromatic, in which one can appreciate the black fruit, with balsamic, spiced and mineral aromas, long in the mouth and very balanced thanks to their high acidity and alcoholic content, which makes them perfect age-worthy wines.

The evolution of the grape