Since his teens, Mariano Garcia has been around great wines. The son of a vineyard worker at Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Spain’s most famous winery, he studied at Madrid’s School of Winemaking and Viticulture. By age 24, Mariano was the head winemaker for Vega Sicilia. Always pushing further, he developed two world-class wineries: Alion in Ribera del Duero DO, and Pintia in Toro DO. Today, Mariano and his sons direct Bodegas San Roman in Toro and Bodegas Mauro in Tudela del Duero DO.
Garmón, in the Ribera del Duero DO, rounds out Gárcia’s “trilogy” of wineries in the Duero Valley. This is an exciting project, family-focused, producing small quantities of Tempranillo. The first vintage, 2014, came from a selection of 40 to 80-year-old vines grown in small plots across four regions of Ribera del Duero: Baños, Tubilla, and La Aguilera on the right bank of the river, Moradillo on the left. Vines grow between 850 and 1000 metres above sea level in the gravel-rich calcareous-clay soil. Prepared with minimal handling in a gravity-flow winery, fermented by indigenous yeast, and aged in French oak, these are nervy wines with depth and freshness.