Wines / Spain / Toro / Ramon Ramos
Juan Ramon Ramos is the second generation of winemakers in the family. He has a degree in Enology and teaches courses at the local university, and he works the vineyard with an obsessive attention to detail with the belief that wine is mostly made on the vine.
This small Estate has 15 hectares (37 acres) in small plots around Venialbo, in the South West of Zamora. Plantings are ancient bush-trained vines of Tinta de Toro, mostly 40-70 years old.
The soil is a mix of sand and stones, with numerous boulders. There are an average of 12 feet of soil before the vines' roots can extend and reach the bedrock. Yields are low with an average of only 3 pounds per plant. The vineyards are not irrigated.
The grapes are picked by hand at dawn in small 40 pound cases.
Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks, plot by plot, to preserve its individuality. Only native yeasts are used. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration, direct into the bottle from the casks.
Ramon ramos wines
montetoro toro roble
100% Tinta de Toro
Completely hand harvested.
30-year-old vines. 3500 kg/ha, non-irrigated
AGING: 6 months in French and American Oak
WINEMAKER: Juan Ramon Ramos