Bodegas Valduero was founded in 1984 by the current president, Don Gregorio Garcia Viadero and his daughter Yolanda, who is the winemaker. It was one of the first wineries to be incorporated into the D.O. Ribera del Duero and is situated in the village of Gumiel de Mercado, an area where some of the best grapes in Ribera del Duero are grown. The winery is also probably the highest winery in the region at 840m (2.750ft). The red wines at Valduero are all 100% Tinto Fino and vineyard age ranges from 12 to over 40 years old. The vines are very low yielding on mainly clay soils, with limestone and some sandy patches. Traditional cultivation techniques and only natural organic fertilizer are used. The vines are not irrigated and all the grapes are harvested by hand in small crates. The winery is buried underground which keeps a constant temperature, perfect for ageing and helps to create unique and complex aromas. A combination of 225 litre oak barrels made from American, French and East European oak are used. These are replaced every four years.
15 years ago Valduero acquired vines in D.O. Toro and started to make wine in this region too, focusing on a younger, more fruit driven style of wine that we felt best expressed the region. The Toro wines are also all 100% Tinta de Toro. The wines from Valduero regularly win awards and are highly rated by Robert Parker.