Around 30 years ago, many wineries in the Ribera del Duero began to come out from under the shadow of the legendry Spanish winery Vega Sicília. Small, medium and large wineries began producing reds that aroused the passion of experts and international wine critics harvest after harvest. Over time big names and reputations began to forge. One of these was Matarromera, a winery founded back in 1988 in Valbuena de Duero, where there noble reds have been able to deliver year after year.
As in many other wine producing areas, Matarromera is a winery that owes its prestige to the efforts of its founders that have worked hard to keep and maintain two basic requirements: quality and personality.
Bodegas Matarromera is the flagship winery of the Matarromera group. It was founded back in 1994 in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, whose philosophy focuses on tradition, innovation and quality. This is the only wine group that is present in the 4 Designations of Origin surrounding the river Duero: The Matarromera, Émina and Rento wineries in Ribera del Duero, the Émina Rueda winery in Rueda, the Valdeosfrailes winery in Cigales, and the Cyan winery in Toro.
Carlos Moro, a Technical Engineer Superior Agronomist from Valladolid, is the founder and president of Matarromera. His family have been linked to viticulture and wine for numerous generations, pioneering in planting vineyards in Olivares and Valbuena de Duero. Carlos Moro was and is undoubtedly a visionary, a revolutionary of his time, but above all, a dreamer who in the late 1980s believed a saw in the potential of the Matarromera winery.
History of the winery
Bodegas Matarromera opened back in 1988 in Valbuena de Duero, with its first vintage being released in 1994. The winery is situated on the top of a small hill, where half of their facilities are buried under the northern slopes of the Douro Valley, over which the winery has stunning views.
Today the winery is home to over 90 hectares of vineyards, planted with Tinta del Pais and Tempranillo, as well as some plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all of which are cultivated on both low bush vines and trellises. The boast modern winemaking technology, with temperature controls, stainless steel tanks and equipment, along with a park with more than 2,100 American and French oak barrels. The winery’s facilities are designed to produce around 1 million bottles, but its average annual production is around 700,000 bottles.
The Bodega Matarromera is committed to the same work philosophies that apply to all of the wineries in the Group, committing themselves to sustainability and innovation as the two main drivers in grown for their business competitiveness.
Their policy of sustainability is carried out through a program of objectives and initiatives called “Sustainable Matarromera on Planet Earth”. This plan is composed of a set of measures from the eco-efficient design of buildings, reducing its energy dependence and energy consumption, calculating their carbon footprint, systematic waste treatment and the utilization of only ecological products. All of these energy saving practises carried out by the group in its various production centres has saved over 400 tons of CO2 from being released into into the atmosphere. Also, the seven wineries in the Group are housed in sustainable buildings designed with natural lighting, insulation and optimal utilization of rainwater and wastewater for irrigation of the vineyard. Matarromera was the first Spanish company AENOR measuring their carbon footprint, ie, the environmental impact is the production of 3 wines on the atmosphere and the environment, and among them is your Matarromera Crianza.
Bodega Matarromera is also a member of the ‘Plataforma Tecnología Medioambiental y Consumo’, as well as participating in the definition of the Agenda Estratégica, leading the group of stable Environmental and Consumer Health and Technology, security work and an active member of the consortium Wineries for Climate Protection, leading the strategy of the national wine sector in defense of the environment.
R+D+i is one of the key stakes Matarromera Group, with an annual investment accounting for 30% of turnover of the company, which make it the cellar of the world that percentage of sales dedicated to innovation currently with 30 ongoing projects. As part of this commitment, Matarromera participates in several R + D + i in the field of environmental sustainability in projects such as Cenit Demeter and Life Haprowine.
Harvest after harvest, Matarromera wines have managed to establish their own identity. Fresh and modern red wines, high expressive and lively which rely on the nobility and character of the Tinta Fino grape, character of the terroir, wood selection and the modern winemaking techniques used. Younger red aerate on all four sides well-muscled not lack palatability and balance, while the game between time and wood proposes more complex wines, if possible more pervasive and more velvety, noticeable especially in their older reserves . In general, wines are designed to drink now but also with long life, lovers polish bottle roughness and austerity, and with under completely redesigned over time
One of the wines produced by the winery comes under the Melior label, a young red wine made exclusively with Tempranillo grapes taken from Finca de La Casa, Villanueba and La Cabaña, in Olivares de Duero, along with a small touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is aged only for 6 months. The main brand of wines produced by the winery shares the same name, Matarromera, under which the winery produces a Reserva, Reserva, Crianza, Matarromera Prestige, and the always special Matarromera Pago de Las Solanas.
Their Matarromera Crianza is made exclusively from Tempranillo grapes taken from the Terjares, Martinete, Baden, La Aguilera, Las Solanas and San Roman plots, all located in Valbuena and Olivares de Duero. This wine is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. A wine with classic aromas, with a nice range of ripe fruit and spicy sensations from the ageing process. On the palate, this wine is flavourful, strong and striking even from the first sip, yet is has a good balance among its tannic corpulence and alcoholic strength and acidity, remaining on the palate with a freshness and liveliness.
Matarromera Reserva. This wine is too made 100% with Tempranillo grapes from the plots of Picón de Zurita, Las Celadillas and Las Solanas, located in Olivares de Duero. This wine is aged for 18 months in French and American oak barrels. The aromas of this wine are dominated by smoky woods and small ripe red fruit, giving way to a fleshy and very tasty element with spicy notes and a balsamic blend. In the mouth, a very balanced structure with good tannins, tasty, and a long and harmonious finish.
Matarromera Gran Reserva. Again made with 100% Tempranillo grapes taken from the estates of Las Celadillas and San Román, in Olivares and Valbuena de Duero. This wine is aged for 24 months in the best French and American oak barrels which are lightly-medium toasted. This wine has aromas of ripe and fleshy fruit, along with warm wood together with noticeable hints of fresh meats with nuances of leather. The palate is a wine with great fruit, direct, powerful, with a good body and a good finish with fruity, almost sweet tannins, but also destined to last.
Matarromera Prestigio. Another Tempranillo wine, using grapes taken from the Pago La Cabaña, which spans 11 hectares over sandy loam south facing soils. This wine is only produced during vintages that have reach certain high standards set by the winery. It is a wine that makes a double aging: 9 months in French Allier barrels, after which a transfer is made to continue raising other 9 months in new American oak barrels. It is a red wine with excellent balance with spicy and rich aromas bottom toasted nuances very ripe black fruit, with a powerful skeleton sweet tannins with a long finish.
Matarromera Pago de Las Solanas. This is another red wine that comes from a single vineyard of old tempranillo vines that grow on limestone soils facing south. The vineyard used lies 770 metres above sea level on clay loam soils and spans across 20.18 hectares. The vineyard is located in Olivares de Duero. This wine is made only during vintages which are deemed good enough. The grapes used are selected and harvested by hand. This wine is aged for 21 months in new French oak barrels. This wine is good to enjoy straight away, where you will feel this wines richness of a powerful structure within a harmonious balance, which will also benefit from remaining in the bottle for a few years.