Esmeralda García

Segovia

After a few stints with leading growers in the area, young Spanish winemaker Esmeralda García returned to her hometown of Santiuste de San Juan Bautista to tend her family’s old Verdejo vineyards. Here the dry, sandy soils have allowed for vines to thrive on their original rootstocks and she estimates many of them are over 200 years old.


Esmeralda’s four sites all vary in altitude and soil composition, allowing her to bottle several cuvées with strikingly different profiles. The arid climate enables her to work without pesticides or chemical additives and in the cellar she initiates fermentation with native yeasts only.

Since 2018 Esmeralda is also experimenting with flor ageing in two wines: Michiko (with fruit from Carrascal vineyard) and Michika (from Vayuste).

As Rueda continues to modernise and adapt to international palates, the riveting wines from Esmeralda’s ancient Verdejo vineyards seem almost to be of great historical importance.



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