Ramiro Wine Cellar
Red wines from Ramiro Wine Cellar
from Ramiro Wine Cellar
The Ramiro Wine Cellar project was born in 2001 out of the wishes of two men: Jesús Ramiro, a star chef, and Eduardo García, son of prominent winemaker Mariano García and a talented winemaker himself. The idea was to make a wine in their image that matched their vision of a great contemporary wine. No sooner said than done! Jesús's garage was converted into a winery that served as the birthplace of this wine and still produces it today. We have here a true 'garage wine'! From the start of their venture Jesús and Eduardo set themselves two conditions. First, the wine must come from old vines at least 30 years old (the oldest are around 90). Second, they did not want to limit themselves to a specific geographical region or be part of the appellation system (Denominaciones de Origen) so as to retain as much freedom as possible to create their great wine. The wine, classified as a 'Vino de la Terra' comes from the Duero river regions of Ribera de Duero, Toro and Cigales. The first vintage of the Ramiro was the 2001, made from just two plots. In 2003 came the Cóndita, the wine that we include here and whose grapes come from a number of places. The ageing is shorter, only 14 months in used barrels as compared to 30 in new barrels for the Ramiro. The wine is lighter, with greater finesse, and can also be appreciated younger. The garage has not been enlarged since and production remains limited and confidential. We are extremely proud to be able to market these wines in Switzerland, but there is nothing to stop you knocking on the door of Jesús's restaurant on your next visit to Spain and Valladolid and trying the wines there along with the grande cuisine of father and son. For a foretaste see www.ramiros.es.
At a young age, Jack Schlatter travelled from Switzerland to Dallas in the 1950s to work in the cotton trade. He later moved to Mexico and São Paulo (as a coffee tester) and back to Zurich to develop the cotton business in the Eastern bloc. But he always had one foot in Dallas and entered the real estate business there. The wine business also appealed to him early on. But it was a while before he met Bill Harlan, the owner of Merryvale.
Viñedos y Bodegas García Figuero
The history of this Bodega is a prime example of those who do not let themselves be led astray, consistently and persistently go their own way, remain faithful to their convictions and who then reap the well-deserved success.
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Niels Verburg is one of those people who you immediately want to befriend. With his imposing stature and beaming smile, he stands out and magically draws people in.