Garciarevalo Casamaro 2020
Region: Rueda, Castilla y León, Spain
Garciarevalo is located in the town of Matapozuelos, in the heart of the Rueda wine region in Castilla y León. The winery is currently led by Antonio and Manuela Arévalo. Rodrigo Arévalo is in charge of viticulture and vineyard management and Reyes Martínez Sagarra is the oenologist and winemaker. Antonio Arévalo originally studied economics, as his parents encouraged him to work in anything other than rural agriculture. Yet, like his parents, he too felt the deep commitment to his family village and connection to the historic vineyards. He joined the family winery in 1995.
Garciarévalo specializes in old-vine verdejo, with minor plantings of viura. While many newcomers to the region planted the trendy sauvignon blanc (which is ill-suited to the climate), Garciarévalo has always protected and exalted their indigenous verdejo variety. Their estate vineyards consist primarily of vines of over 100 years old, including a plot of pre-phylloxera verdejo vines over 130 years old, all planted in the traditional bush-vine system.
Another factor in the high quality of Garciarévalo wines is the superior clonal diversity found in their old bush-trained vines. The leaves on the old clones are much smaller, and the bunches are tighter and more compact with a distinctly darker green color than what is found in modern clones. This is the older, pre-industrial verdejo with thicker skins, which yields wines of character and quality.