Bodegas Mauro was established in Tudela de Duero, a few miles to the south of the city of Valladolidby by Mariano Garcia in 1978. Because of this location, and the presence of a few old Grenache vines, Mauro is not part of the Ribera del Duero control of origin. Instead, Mauro carries the wider appellation Castilla y León. As a result, Bodegas Mauro is not subject to the appellation’s rules. This flexibility has allowed them to make wines that are considered among Spain’s best. Mariano García was the winemaker at Vega Sicilia between from 1968 to 1998, where his father - Mauro Garcia had always worked and where he himself had been born. Naming the estate after his father, Bodegas Mauro farms over 50 hectares of vineyards with 90% Tinto Fino (local name for Tempranillo), 5% Grenache, and 5% Syrah. Average age of vines is 20~25 but there are many older vines at age 60 years old and more, especially in 'VS'. Vinification and aging is in the classic French manner with maturation in new or 1 year old French and American oak casks. Further aging takes place in bottle and no wine is released before aging for at least three years; all this under the watchful eye of Mariano Garcia and his sons. The style is classic Ribera del Duero with a dark rich color, a gorgeous bouquet showing great class, and a perfect balance between the oak and rich black fruit. On the palate Mauro has a smooth style, silky texture and the distinction to rival a great Bordeaux Classified Growth.