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Bodegas y Vinedos Neo

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Location and climate: 

Neo is located in Castrillo de la Vega, Burgos, in the Ribera del Duero region in Spain. Ribera Del Duero is one of five wine producing regions located within the area of Castilla y León, on Spain's northern plateau and can be found running alongside the Duero River. The centre of this region is pinpointed by the town of Aranda de Duero and is mainly made up of flat rocky terrain.

The region concentrates almost entirely on the creating red wines from the Tempranillo grape. Tinta Fina, the local name for Tempranillo, accounts for the main production of wine in this region and it is a very well liked favourite in Northern Spain. In smaller quantities Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot are grown for blending with the Tempranillo. The only white grape grown here is the Albillo and most of the white wine produced from this grape is consumed locally.

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Winery

Bodegas Neo is currently located in the municipality of Castrillo de la Vega, just a few kilometres away from the town of Aranda de Duero (Burgos, Ribera del Duero). The bodega boasts a total of ten hectares of vineyards planted with the region’s Tempranillo grape variety, Tinta Fina. Under the watchful eye of oenologist Isaac Fernández, Bodegas Neo has also been making wines in other Spanish appellations such as Rueda, Toro, Bierzo, Rioja and Priorat, since 2004. This diversity, a result of the bodega’s philosophy to “make wine for everyone”, does not prevent Bodegas Neo’s wines from being unmistakably identified with D.O. Ribera del Duero.

They work with the best vines of Ribera del Duero. Neo produce the “raw materials” for their wines from 50 year old vines that are, throughout the year, under quality and quantity controls. They have a new vineyard of their own that has 70-year-old vines and is located on the highest point of Aranda de Duero – another demonstration of their aim of “the best places, the best grapes”. 

“NeoMusicBox” – A winery with a difference…

Bodegas y Viñedos Neo has its own music studio. "NeoMusicBox is not a recording studio, is a philosophy of life. Life by and for music. Music as the ultimate expression of life."

The idea was born in 2000, but did not come into existence until 2007. NeoMusicBox is embodied in Javier Ajenjo: a music lover is its creator. Javier has over fifteen years experience as a musician and composer, as well as fourteen years at the independent non-profit festival "Sonorama-side", and collaborated in various music circles such as Mondosonoro, Rockdelux, and Rolling Stone.

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The studio, NeoMusicBox, was established with the intention of being one of the baseline studios of north-central Spain. It offers excellent analogue sound quality supported by the best digital equipment on the market – as well as the novelty of being a music studio in a wine cellar. With microphones in every room, even the barrel room, means unique sounds are at your disposal.

Bodegas Neo also created "Mondoneo", a successful social project that culminated their efforts to combine the world of wine with music, cultural activities and other social projects. 

The studio was designed by Philip Newell, head of the sound engineers at Virgin Records for 10 years.

Recording in our studio you will feel at home ... or better. 

History:

Bodegas y Viñedos Neo is, according to its founders, the “dream” of three childhood friends who, in 1999, decided to pool 2 million Spanish pesetas each in order to make a wine they liked. “Neo 2000” was this wine. It was created in a rented corner of a bodega with a production of 6,000 bottles. Years later it scored a rating of 95 points from wine writer Robert Parker. The venture then moved from this rented space to an old watermill where the three friends, Javier Ajenjo, José Luís Simón and Julio César Conde developed their unique way of making and selling wine.

Viticulture Information:

Upon receiving the vintage in boxes of 20 kg they proceed to enter the grape manually into the different deposits whose capacities are 10,000 and 15,000 litres, where they make the alcoholic fermentation. They fill the deposit by valuing the origin and other characteristics of the grapes. After this stage they cool as much as possible depending on the vintage, conditions and facilities of the cellar using initially, and for convenience, one or two short and low intensity daily pumpings to homogenise the content and get a first extraction through the pre-fermentative maceration.

After 3 or 4 days of pre-fermentative maceration and using a “Pie de Cuba” (prepared a few days before to starts the activity) alcoholic fermentation starts in the deposits, through a process that they like to call “spontaneous start”. They try to extend this process for a considerable time depending on the potential of the raw material they work with. This stage is under strict temperatures control and under supervision of the winemaker. At this point, the grapes have been guided and contain the necessary quality to obtain a wine of long ageing potential; the maceration will be extending as much as necessary and this period could last for 3 weeks or even longer, reaching 28°C or exceeding slightly this temperature, of course always depending on the state of the harvest and vintage’s condition.

If the aim is to produce a young wine without ageing in oak barrels or wine with a short time in barrels without reaching a one-year stay. The maceration will be shorter and less intense, to achieve a coherent extraction in which the tannins, colour, etc, are not overly aggressive and pose a difficulty in achieving the final product. The maximum alcoholic fermentation temperature, in this case, will be 25°C or lower, depending on the factors presented by the harvest. Maceration time could last from 7-10 days as the winemaker determines through almost daily tastings. Once alcoholic fermentation is completed, there is a post fermentative maceration for as many days as are deemed necessary and depends on the destination of the wine.
In devatting, when the wine is separated from the skins, it will be stored separately or with other similar items, according to the winemaker’s decision.

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People:

Javier AjenjoOwner and Commercial Director

Wine lover and gourmet par excellence, Javier possesses the innate social skillsthat makes him their number one person for promotion and sales.Picky, patient and with a good sense of humour, he is als a big music fan. He leads agroup called “Yani Como” which prompted the idea for the recording studio in the winery.Working with several music magazines, he is also one of the organisers ofthe Sonorama Ribera festival – an annual meeting of national andinternational bands in Aranda de Duero.

Julio Cesar CondeOwner and Cellar Director

The wine and the land are his passion. He has a unique nose and together with Isaac, they make an excellent team. Julio handles all the work in winery and in vineyard management – Neo wines are his “children” as he cares for them in the same way he would his own flesh and blood. 

José Luis SimónOwner and Administraiton Manager

Neo is his dream and he makes numbers add up properly, keeping Neo ranked amongst the top Spanish wineries and takes care of the logistics that are necessary to move the wines around the world.

Website:

www.bodegasneo.com