Meet the Producer
Condominio appeared as the result of an initiative by a group of grape growers in the Peñafiel district, a zone within the Ribera del Duero Appellation.
A “condominium” is a territory in or over which two or more sovereign powers formally agree to share equally dominium (in the sense of sovereignty) and exercise their rights jointly, without dividing it up into 'national' zones.
The name was derived from con, meaning “together” combined with dominium meaning “right of ownership”.
It is the perfect name for a wine that comes from a cooperative. Founded in 2001, a group of growers from the Peñafiel city heart of the Ribera del Duero area decided to work together and create this modern winery, grouping 212ha of only Tempranillo grapes with an average age of 37 years.
The vineyards are mainly located along a thin stretch of land – five or six km wide from east to west – running at a right-angle to the River Duero for some 15km from north to south. One common feature shared by all the vineyards is their “poor” soil – with low levels of organic material – but high levels of lime, which makes it difficult to grow other crops. However, this type of soil means the vines can subsist thanks to their good roots, even being able to survive years of great drought. The lands are generally difficult to irrigate and so most of the vineyards are non irrigated.
The low flatlands are generally covered in pebbly gravel or sand. The higher moorland vineyards, with their varied clay contents, have soils that are either white and rich in lime or covered in rough limestone gravel.