In 1978 the González Lara family acquired a large subterranean bodega in Mucientes in order to expand their traditional family wine business. By 1988, improved market conditions justified construction of a modern bodega just above the underground cellars, aiming to stylistically update the traditional, dry claretes (rosés) for which the Cigales region has been well-known throughout generations.
Ninety acres of vineyards – Fuente del Conde estate among them – are farmed along the banks of the Pisuerga River, which flows south to join the Duero River in the nearby city of Valladolid.
Planted primarily to the Tempranillo and Verdejo varieties with smaller amounts of Garnacha and Viura, a majority over 30 years old and head-pruned (en vaso) in the traditional manner.
Hillside of subterranean bodegas in Mucientes
Typical soils, as elsewhere in the Duero Basin, are of sedimentary chalk and clay. Climate is extreme Continental with mild Atlantic influence, the hot and dry summers giving deep, vivid color to the red grape skins.
Low-yield viticulture and careful hand harvesting obtain concentrated fruit, which is combined in ideal proportions upon arrival to the bodega for destemming and cold maceration with the skins for a minimum of 12 hours. The tinted (bled) must is then racked clear for a clean, temperature-controlled fermentation.