Bodegas Mauro was established in Tudela de Duero by Señor Mariano Garcia in 1978. At the time, the Ribera del Duero appellation didn’t exist. When the DO was established in 1982, the boundaries were limited by governmental provincial boundaries; this is why Mauro carries the wider appellation Castilla y León. As a result, Bodegas Mauro is not subject to the appellation’s rules. This flexibility has allowed them to make wines that are considered among Spain’s best.
Named for Garcia’s father, Mauro Garcia, Bodegas Mauro farms nearly 80 hectares of vineyards, planted mainly with 20 and 25-year old Tinto Fino (the name for Tempranillo in the Ribera del Duero environs) and Syrah. The vineyards are located on light soils that are well-drained and easy to work. The soils are limestone or calcareous clay depending on the parcel. No herbicides or pesticides are used. This is a harsh, unpredictable landscape subject to seasonal and diurnal temperature swings. Snow can fall in the winter and drought is a risk, but the intense, mild summers and high-altitude vineyards produce fruit with heightened aromatics.
The grapes are meticulously sorted and moved gently, via gravity, to ferment in lots by variety and vineyard. The alcoholic fermentation, using only native yeasts, and the maceration that follows last two to three weeks depending on the vintage and the characteristics of the wine. Wines age in new and old French and American oak.