May 31 2018

Estancia Piedra winery, Passion fot DO Toro

This cellar was born of love for the land and passion for wine. From the beauty of the landscape where these vineyards are planted and the care with they are cultivated, arise these elegant wines. Welcome to Estancia Piedra.

Estancia Piedra winey

 

This winemaking project planned by Grant Stein and his wife Anne was based on the importance of the vines in association with the landscape in which they are nestled. One of their goals, in addition to producing quality wines, was to find a strategic location for the purpose of converting the estate in a reference for tourism.

Therefore, they decided to establish Estancia Piedra here at Toro -an area renown for its enological, landscape and cultural values-, well-communicated with Zamora, Salamanca and Valladolid, cities with great historical-monumental heritage and just a couple of hours from Madrid. In the mid-90s, the Stein were convinced that enology and tourism were activities that when paired together would generate wealth.

Vineyards and landscape

Estancia Piedra winey

After traveling through the different designations of origin, the couple remained fascinated by the enormous winemaking potential of Toro and the beautiful landscape of an estate of 40 ha with Tinta de Toro and Garnacha grapes planted in 1968; the vines extend across gently sloping hills that roll toward the valley formed by the Guareña River at its outflow with the Duero.

They purchased the estate in 1998, and with the goal of completing and preserving the plot, they purchase the two adjacent ones to plant the same varieties in espaliers. With the Paredinas terrain, located on the other side of the valley –vines of Tinta de Toro from 1927– they complete the 69 ha of vineyards owned by Estancia Piedra to date.

The construction of the cellar, built in two phases, took into account its functionality, a logical structure that follows the same path as the wine: elaboration, ageing in barrels, bottling, wine caves and finished product.

The vineyards and the winery 

Estancia Piedra winey

Due to the heterogeneity of the soil, the diversity of its orientations and the differences in altitude, the Estancia Piedra terrain is divided into five subparcels: the west-facing slope, with one of the purest and autochthonous clones of Tinta de Toro, with the poorest soil to guarantee a complete maturing of the sugars; the north-facing slope –red soil due to higher clay content–, with a slower and later maturing, contributing color; the south-facing estate, at the lowest altitude (730 m) and which best withstands the regional rainfall; and finally, the left side of the path that divides the estate, the north-facing vineyards, with slower maturing.

Since a few years ago, to avoid excessive manual tasks, a plant layer was implemented between the vines to prevent erosion and achieve a greater balance of the grape analysis parameters. All of the work done in the fields culminate in the cellar, with innovative technology, an oak barrel room and expert monitoring of production and ageing.

Therefore, they decided to establish Estancia Piedra here at Toro -an area renown for its enological, landscape and cultural values-, well-communicated with Zamora, Salamanca and Valladolid, cities with great historical-monumental heritage and just a couple of hours from Madrid. In the mid-90s, the Stein were convinced that enology and tourism were activities that when paired together would generate wealth. Club de Gourmets Magazine
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