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22 years and the critics say about us…

We have always received a lot of affection but there are some comments from critics and sommeliers that have touched our hearts and that define more than well our aim of recovering the heritage of Viallanueva and its rufete grape.

Joan Gómez Pallarès moved us in his emotional chronicles for El Pais Semanal in 2016. when he described our project as “Where the titans worked” and the granite terraces “carefully worked open to the immensity of the landscape, the southern sun and the wind. Its vineyards are pure and its grapes have an intense flavour. The winery is integrated into the forest and works only with gravity, without pumps, to transport the wine. This is its essence and that of the land: its grapes have the colour of the blue, almost dark dusk, and smell and taste of myrtle, thyme and laurel, leather and the hard work of horses in the mountains. With the final gift of a bunch of violets”. Joan then tasted Viñas del Cámbrico 2013 and his sensations were of living, silent earth, mystery and depth dressed in blue silk. The wine has that touch, and it tastes and smells like a night spent outdoors in the mountains.

La Vanguardia Magazine tasted Cámbrico Rufete 2005 in 2010 by Jesús Solanas and commented: “It is worth getting one of the 2,592 bottles of this rich, unique and exciting wine. It brings back to neighbouring Salamanca the melancholic memory of the university town of Coimbra and the historic wines of Bairrada. And if it were necessary to put images to it, those of the lost paradises of the Salamancan filmmaker Basilio Martin Patiño would do.

Carlos Delgado for El País was familiar with the project in 2010 and praised our efforts to recover the Rufete variety and dignify viticulture in the Sierra de Francia in Salamanca. There, at an altitude of 900 metres, in places of enchanting beauty, on steep, granite and slate terraces, forgotten by the hand of God, undervalued by farmers, old vines of a grape that is difficult to grow, sensitive to botrytis, with strong tannins, requiring short yields to maintain its freshness, but capable of giving an absolutely personal and fascinating aromatic range. The winery is also exemplary for the ecological rigour of its vineyard cultivation: no herbicides, insecticides or chemical fertilisers are used, the vineyards are ploughed on horseback and the grapes are harvested in small crates. The selection, one by one, of the best grapes, the care taken during the winemaking process, the malolactic fermentation in barrels and the ageing for at least 14 months in French oak do the rest. Delgado tasted the Cámbrico Rufete 2006 “for lovers of the peculiar: wild fruit (blackberries but also wild strawberries), slightly macerated in alcohol, with a perfumed floral allusion and an exquisite contribution of spices and minerals. On the palate, bathed in fresh fruit, it is smooth and light, but full of lingering sensations, ending in a lovely liquorice aftertaste.

Former El Bulli sommelier David Seijas in his Guide 112 Wines for 2012 defined our Cámbrico Rufete 2006 as “a real luxury for the consumer, who finds a rested, calm, relaxed, floral, fleshy wine, with fresh, red, acidulous fruit but with great maturity, a delight. “A wine that is not suitable for all wineries in need of liquidity”, in reference to “the long waiting time for the most anxious ones.

We also had our special corner of glory thanks to Viñas del Cámbrico Rufete 2010 being rated as one of the Top 100 wines tasted by the European magazine Vinum in 2018.

We thank you very much for such a warm commentary and for so many poems made words.