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Finca Villacreces

Finca Villacreces is owned by the Artevino Group, who also own Izardi, Vetus and Orben. It all began in 1987 when Gonzalo Antón, owner of the Michelin-starred Zaldiarán restaurant in Vittoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country, founded Bodegas Izardi, uniting his two pleasures – wine and gastronomy. Gonzalo's son Lalo Antón acquired Finca Villacreces in Ribera del Duero in 2003 from the Cuadrado family. The spectacular estate is located in Quintanilla de Onesimo, on the “Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero, home to some of the most emblematic wineries in Spain, including Pingus and Vega Sicilia, Villacreces' neighbour. The majority of the 64 hectare organically farmed vineyard that surrounds the winery was planted in 1980, but there is one 1.2 hectare plot, just three metres from Vega Sicila, that was planted in 1917. From this they produce their top wine, which is only made in exceptional vintages, the 100% Tempranillo Nebro. In this region it is no surprise that Tempranillo makes up the majority of the plantings with 75%, but 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown. The terroir here is diverse, presenting an array of soil compositions, with sand, gravel, quartz, and shingle all featuring. Yields are kept low, the grapes are picked by hand and each vineyard plot is vinified separately, to ensure that they represent their specific terroirs, and different flavour profiles. French oak is used for ageing. These are full-bodied wines, bursting with flavour – Finca Villacreces is a hidden gem of Ribera del Duero.