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Conde de San Cristobal
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Our Wines: Please click here to view wines.

Location and Climate:

The vineyards and winery are located close to Peñafiel on the Pago de Valdestremero Estate, renowned for centuries for its excellent grape growing conditions.

Ribera del Duero is one of the most prestigious Denomination of Origins in Spain, owing to the reputation of its Tempranillo grape – Spain’s finest indigenous red wine grape. Located in the northern plains, with the Duero River running through it, the Ribera del Duero region enjoys an extraordinary continental climate, with notable thermal oscillations and moderate rainfall. These climate conditions have a significant influence on the vegetative cycle of the plant and the maturing of the grape. The extreme temperatures, along with the mountain winds, cause a higher acidity level, and thereby providing great structure and longevity to the resulting wines. The wines are full-bodied and opulent, fruity and rich in colour. 

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Winery:

Founded in the year 2000,Bodegas y Viñedos del Conde de San Cristóbal S.A. is owned by the Grupo Vinícola Marqués de Vargas and belongs to the Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero. The vineyards and winery are located on the Pago de Valdestremero Estate, and have an extension of more than 80 hectares. A limited quantity of high quality red wine is produced with the name Conde de San Cristóbal, exclusively from their own vineyards.

History:

Inaugurated in March of 2006 with the 2003 vintage being the first vintage released to the market, the modern winery is equipped with the most advanced technologies. 

The philosophy of the Grupo’s newest project is consistent with that of its Rioja and Rias Baixas wines – to produce the highest quality wine, made from grapes grown on estate owned vineyards, in limited production. This new project gives the Grupo Vinícola Marqués de Vargas a strong presence in the three most prestigious wine growing regions in Spain.

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Viticulture Information:

Production is limited and is dedicated exclusively to premium red wines. During the harvest, a rigorous selection of grapes is essential. Each variety and plot is vinified separately.

After the grapes have passed through a vibrating selection table, cold maceration takes place for 9 to 12 days in stainless steel tanks, before fermentation. The wine is pumped over and an automatic remontage system breaks the “hat” daily during the fermentation process. New French, Russian and American oak barrels are used for the ageing.

Total control is maintained along the entire process – from the vine to the bottle – conceived with the intention of achieving the highest degree of quality within a prestigious D.O. like Ribera del Duero. The result is wines that show great potential for development in the bottle, with their structure and aromas becoming more refined with the passing of time.

People:

Francisco Javier Perez de Vergara: one of the greatest oenologists of Rioja

Cristina Mantilla: one of the leading and most acclaimed oenologists from D.O. Rias Baixas

Jorge Peique: their young and talented winemaker

Website: 

www.marquesdevargas.com