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Valdaya was founded by Elena and Joaquin González. The couple established a successful decoration construction business in Barcelona but Elena was born into a family of grape-growers in the village of Sotillo de la Ribera, in the province of Burgos in the Ribera del Duero wine region of Spain. This is where the González decided to create a winery, in Elena's home village using grapes from the family. The business is now run by their daughter Miriam. In 2013 things changed dramatically when a talented young winemaking duo joined the winery. Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac who had both trained at the University of Bordeaux and honed their craft in Saint-Emilon and Pessac-Léognan and took Valdaya into a different league. They introduced a new way of working with every process carried out by hand. From each of the nine best vineyard plots from the most trusted family growers, they would make nine barrels of wine - micro-fermenting in used barrels. That way the identity of each parcel would be maintained, even though they would ultimately be blended to make two cuvées. They had begun the process of understanding the qualities each vineyard had to offer. Valdaya are red wine specialists. They only use one grape variety and they only make three wines, but what wines they are! Mirum and Valdaya are made from a selection of old Tempranillo bush vines, the grapes are hand-picked and each parcel is fermented separately in barrels utilizing native yeasts with daily punch-downs to facilitate extraction. The free run wine from each fermentation passes into new barrels (90% French oak, 10% Hungarian from 6 different coopers) selected according to the wine’s potential for ageing and organoleptic characteristics, and matured for 15 months. The Tempranillo for Valiente comes from two vineyards where the age of the vines is between 30 and 50 years grown on deep clay soils at an altitude of between 850 and 900 metres above sea level. The hand-picked grapes are fermented in a mixture of small stainless steel tanks and concrete. The elaboration is then the same as the other two wines until it comes to ageing, which is carried out in 500 litre fine-grained, lightly toasted French oak. Valdaya epitomise small batch winemaking. Every terroir expresses its potential, resulting in plush juicy fruit which just oozes from these wonderfully structured, smooth and textured wines.