Sierra de Gredos

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos is the OG of the GdG. GdG stands for Garnacha de Gredos, which is an association of small producers in the Gredos mountain range that encompasses three different wine regions: Castilla y León, Madrid, and Méntrida. The association’s shared focus is on organic farming and the autochthonous grape varieties of the region, mainly Garnacha and Albillo Real. Within this group, Daniel represents the old school both in his viticulture and vinification.

Although the winery takes Daniel’s name, like Alvaro’s import company, there’s a husband and wife team behind it. In 2007, Pepi and Daniel bought their first 4.5 hectares spread across different vineyards, soil types, altitudes, and orientations. It was then that the concept of single vineyard wines meant to capture the difference between sites within the same region. Daniel’s entry level Kπ wines, which we present here with his rosé, however represent the region as a whole, and are a tribute to the traditional way of making wines in the region using concrete tanks, amphoras, and old barrels.

The soils are composed either of decomposed granitic sand, schist, or sometimes a mix of both. All of the vineyards are old (50- to 100-years-old) gobelet-trained vines on steep slopes, and they’re are plowed by horse and everything is done by hand. In 2010 they moved to an old coop in the town of El Tiemblo and have been making wine there since, using the concrete tanks and clay amphoras that came with it. All the wines are fermented with native yeasts and macerated for long periods of time, including some of their whites, but by no means are they over extracted. They’ve grown considerably since the beginning. Currently they own more than fifteen hectares.