Burgos, Ribera del Duero
Finca Torremilanos is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero just south of the Duero River. Pablo Peñalba López acquired the Finca Torremilanos estate in 1975 seven years before Ribera del Duero was even recognized as an appellation. He immediately began producing estate-bottled wines of remarkable quality, moving away from the former practice of selling bulk grapes to the local co-op. Pablo continued to develop and showcase the
potential of the land across a wide range of soils (sand, rounded river stones, clay, limestone) and exposures.
By the early 2000s, their eldest son, Ricardo, had stepped into his father’s role and began practicing organic and biodynamic farming methods, including returning to horse-plowing, hand picking, and native-yeast fermentation. In 2015 they became the first in the appellation to be Demeter certified. Since 1988 they have even produced their own barrels of French and American oak at their in-house cooperage. Finca Torremilanos farms biodynamical and is certified Demeter. Several different vineyard parcels go into this wine, but they have one thing in common, they all have larger river stones in the vineyards. The stones retain the heat from the day as the sun sets and also protects the soil from drying out too quickly, as it is shielded from the direct sun.