La Legua

La Legua, Emeterio Fernandez's winery is located in DO Cigales, just 5 miles north of Valladolid, the capital of Castella-León, and north of Ribera del Duero. Wine has been produced here on the property for over 300 years. A modern winery has recently been built on top of the old underground cellars and tunnels of the original winery. The chief winemaker, Adolfo Gonzalez is one of the youngest and most acclaimed in the area.

Each of the parcels are vinified separately, including the many that make up the nearly 72 hectares of Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fina. The Garnacha is also vinfied according to parcel. Adolfo wants to present a pure, clean expression of the varietals, and as such, prefers unoaked bottlings.

The D.O. of Cigales, is gradually coming off the shadow of its illustrious neighbour, Ribera del Duero. Historically, the region has been known for blended rosados, but many pioneering estates like La legua are now taking advantage of low-yielding, old vines and modern wine-making methods to produce excellent value reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha.

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