Valdaya | Ribera del Duero

Valdaya Old Bush Vines in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain.

Bodega Valdaya was set up by Elena and Joaquin Gonzalez as a small family business and is now run by their daughter Miriam. The vision for the winery changed dramatically under her management and in 2013 they took on two young winemakers, Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac, who have brought the wines into a different league.

They make three wines, for which the fruit comes from a selection of 100% Tempranillo grown on old bush vines vinified in separate parcels using indigenous yeasts. Maceration continues for 28 days in barrel before the free run wine of each parcel passes into a selection of new barrels according to their potential for ageing - 90% French oak, 10% Hungarian oak, 6 different coopers. Marta and Miguel are immensely talented and these wines are oozing with age-worthy complexity and elegance.

The wines of Valdaya are classics in the making and Tim Atkin MW is certainly a fan, scoring Mirum 2017 96 points and placing it in his top 10 of the Top 100 wines of Ribera del Duero.