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Country of Origin: Spain
People: Patrick Mata & Alberto Orte, Owners | Alberto Orte, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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The word Zestos is Spanish for the word baskets. The wine name and the basket depicted on the label represent the history of transporting grapes from the vineyards to the wineries with such an object.
Madrid has recently become the center of one of the most interesting and innovative wine regions on the Iberian Peninsula. The outskirts of this storied royal city are filled with old vines situated in high elevation vineyards that have been planted in ideal soils. Madrid is a sort of great unknown that is now just freshly discovered. Most people are unaware that Madrid makes wine and because Vinos de Madrid is not yet on the radar of the consumer, it is a great source of incredible values today.
Zestos Blanco: The vineyards are located in Zone 7, southeast of Madrid in the town of Arganda del Rey, within the Arganda subregion, at 500 meters (1,640 ft.) elevation. The poor clay and limestone soils with sandy subsoil yield concentrated, small grapes with balanced sugar and acidity. The southern continental climate has hot days and cool nights, crucial to the slower, balanced ripening of the grapes.
Zestos Tinto: Zestos is produced from Garnacha vines that were planted in 1960's in the high elevation vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias - northwest of Madrid. Today San Martin produces among the most floral and mineral Garnachas in all of Spain. The older the vines the better the wine. Old vines do not over produce. As a result the vines yield fully ripened grapes. The granite and sandy soil in this area is responsible for the mineral characters expressed in Zestos. For climate, the area’s high elevation of 870 meters makes it the most extreme climate in the region. The risk of frost during early budding and flowering is very high.