SINGLE VINEYARD WINE | D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO
El Mulo, single vineyard Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero, where the River Duero cuts a scar across the north Spanish plain. Large estates, often for hunting, existed on this endless space which in recent times have been divided up into workable vineyard plots.
El Mulo is an estate which came down from a hunting estate, transformed into a cattle farm and finally planted with vineyard in the 1980’s. It was worked with animals until very recently, which is why we have chosen to remember this part of its history, calling it “El Mulo”, after the mule which was one of the working animals.
A short introduction video about El Mulo -
El Mulo, the Place
The River Duero is the major river that travels westwards across the plain of northern Spain and gives its name to one of the major wine regions: Ribera del Duero. As it flows across from east to west, it cuts deeper into the plain, creating two distinct landscapes: the area within the valley and the slightly desolate area up on the top of the valley. It is this second landscape which is home to a single estate which makes El Mulo.
Vineyards and wines
El Mulo, single vineyard from Ribera del Duero.
A zoom in to a very specific type of climate and soil within a famous DO. Ribera del Duero is a long ribbon along the river Duero, with significant differences between climates and soils, though the grape variety throughout the region is the same. A vineyard up on the ‘Páramo’, the top of the valley. Once part of a large hunting estate, the vineyard is now 47 hectares of Tempranillo.
About the grape, Tinto Fino planted in 1981 from local cuttings.
The winery is an old building, adapted from its previous use as a cow shed!