VT Castilla-León (Castilla y León)
Lirondo is a natural white wine made with the Verdejo variety in the VT Castilla-León by the Isaac Cantalapiedra winery.
Manuel Cantalapiedra and his father Isaac set up a family project in 2014 in La Seca (Valladolidad), in Rueda, the heart of the leading Denomination of Origin for the Verdejo variety. A project where they ecologically cultivate 21 hectares of vineyards and produce wines with minimal intervention. Contrary to the commercial demands that have made the Verdejo variety fashionable, this winery seeks the essential expression of the variety and the terroir.
The Lirondo vineyards stand out for the “Las Escuclillas” plot, which has the perfect conditions for cultivating the Verdejo variety. These are old strains planted in silty soil and boulders at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level in a severe continental climate with thermal contrasts between day and night. They use 100% organic agriculture with biodynamic treatments that protect the balance of the terroir and prevent possible diseases. The harvest is carried out manually at the optimum moment of ripeness.
When the Lirondo grape reaches the winery, it is destemmed and gently pressed. After spending 12 hours in contact with the skins, the grapes ferment in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts and spend 8 months on lees. It is finally bottled without being clarified, filtered or adding sulphur.
Lirondo is the solo project of Manual, the son of Isaac Cantalapiedra. Through his search for the variety’s intrinsic qualities, he produces an unusual and exceptionally fresh Verdejo without intervention.