𝗔𝗹𝘃𝗮𝗿 𝗱𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗼𝘀 started his winemaking career in solitary back in 2008 by recovering one old abandoned vineyard, the heritage of his grandfather.
The vineyards planted in Toro are based in sandy soils at 750m asl in an extreme continental climate, a fact which contributes to good retention of the acidity and to the development of an aromatic bouquet. Alvar has worked organically since 2009, and in 2014 started to apply some Biodynamic methods too. Tinta de Toro – aka Tempranillo – is the main grape here.
Alvar focuses on harvesting high-quality grapes, respecting the fruit by using low intervention methods at the winery in order to show the full expression of the terroir in Toro. Alvar’s vision of winemaking results in very aromatic, soft, and delicate fruit-forward wines with plenty of freshness; very different than the traditional style of making wine in Toro: punchy alcoholic and tannic contenders.
In old times, famine devastated this specific area of northern Spain, Toro. At that time, there was a man called Tío Uco (Uncle Uco) who defended his hometown against those neighbours who attacked to take control of the best plots of land. This wine is a tribute to that man.
𝘈 𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢 𝘥𝘦 𝘛𝘰𝘳𝘰 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 20-25 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯 85 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘢. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘦 𝘗𝘶𝘦𝘣𝘭𝘰. 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦 (𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 750𝘮) 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘰𝘳𝘰. 𝘐𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 8 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴.
Alvar de Dios, Tío Uco, Toro, 2020
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