Vara y Pulgar

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Jerez
People: Patrick Mata & Alberto Orte, Owners | Alberto Orte, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Vara y Pulgar 2015 Tintilla, Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz Login AG 90 In Stock
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Vara Y Pulgar is produced with one of the most rare grape varieties of southwestern Spain. The Tintilla grape was cultivated in Jerez for many centuries; however, it, along with many other varieties disappeared after the phylloxera epidemic in the early 20th century. Today, Alberto Orte has recovered a few cuttings from abandoned vineyards that managed to survive phylloxera, and after many years of work has managed to produce the first bottles of 100% Tintilla (dry) wine in over a century.

Jerez is famous for its Albariza soil, a type of chalk that is very light and porous. This same type of soil can also be found in the region of Champagne in France. Vines that are tended in this type of soil make superior and distinctive wines. Planted in Albariza, Tintilla is able to ripen perfectly without showing extra alcohol or overripe flavors. It has a rare confluence of delicate complexity and medium to full-bodied weight on the palate, with lovely minerality like other wines of the region.

Recent genetic studies show that Tintilla is the same as Graciano. It is important to note that the first documents published on Tintilla were by Roxas Clemente in 1806, whereas the first known written reference to Graciano was a century later. Tintilla has also the name of Xeres in Australia. As such, it is a reasonable hypothesis to establish that the origin of this grape is in Jerez, and that Tintilla is the original name.


  • Vara y Pulgar 2015 Tintilla, Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz
    Rating: 90 (4/25/2019)

    A wild, expansive bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, violet, smoked meat and succulent herbs. Chewy and deeply concentrated, offering bitter cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors that turn sweeter with air. Shows a strong gamy quality on a long, supple, spice-tinged finish that's framed by building tannins. This wild wine won't be everybody's cup of tea but fans of Old School, meaty wines will likely love it. (raised in a combination of a large French oak vat and a single, large concrete tank, followed by eight months in 225 liter French oak barriques).