Bodega Bernabeleva is an up-and-coming, tiny, new winery located on the far western edge of the Vinos de Madrid DO, within the San Martin sub-zone. The estate resides in the small village of Pelayos de la Presa, next to San Martin de Valdeiglesias, a historic town after which the sub-appellation takes its name. The producers in this small zone are careful to include "San Martin de Valdeiglesias" on their labels, to indicate and differentiate the higher level of quality found here.
A quick word about Vinos de Madrid DO. Created in 1990, the DO is sandwiched between La Mancha and the Spanish capital, where it forms a semicircle around the southern suburbs of Madrid. It has three sub-zones located at the southernmost periphery of the DO: Navalcarnero, Arganda, and San Martin.
This estate practices organic and biodynamic. They ferment their wines in large, upright old wood fermentors with long macerations and use indigenous yeasts. Their vineyards are comprised of sandy soils (decomposed granite), at elevations of 550 to over 1,000 meters. Many of their vines are over 80 years old, with a minimum vine age of 30 years. The location of their vineyards and their altitude result in wide diurnal temperature shifts, allowing for ripeness with great balance.Raul Perez is the consulting winemaker on the project. Raul is a famous Bierzo winemaker who is well-known for his work on the award-winning Tilenus and his garagiste wines. The day-to-day winemaker is a Catalan man named Marc Isart Pinos who is passionately focused on transforming the project to 100% biodynamics.