Bodega Pardo Tolosa
Modernity is placed at the service of creating a traditional wine with personality, a real wine
Recently, noted industrialist and Pardo Tolosa President, Francisco Pardo, was quoted in an interview to the effect that his new winery, despite its recent creation, combines "technology and traditional methods of growing grapes to enhance the characteristics of quality vineyards. In this way, modernity is placed at the service of creating a traditional wine with personality, a real wine.” Such it is with the new wave of Spanish vintners, who seek to preserve some of their old ways aided by the modern trappings of a state-of-the-art winery.
Situated in the town of Albacete Alborea, Spain in the Manchuela DO area of the Castilla La Mancha growing region, the Bodega Pardo Tolosa is also an 80-hectare growing operation with a modernistic winery building. Its growing area that completely surrounds the winery is gently undulating and is well-known for low yields, a fact that actually aids the overall quality of its wines. Must of Bodega Pardo Tolosa’s emphasis is on its old vines (some are 60-80 years old) and the incredible quality juice the grapes produce. These vines are located at a height of more than 700 meters above sea level and benefit from their proximity to the cooling breezes of the Mediterranean.
Guided by noted Spanish winemaker Luis Jimenez, Bodega Pardo Tolosa has already made a mark on the international scene with excellent scores and top awards.
Map of the area
Spain's Wine History
The dramatic increase of high quality Spanish wines from a number of previously unheralded wine growing regions has continued the Spanish wine industry’s surge into top international markets. Adherence to strict appellation laws and a tendency of Spanish wineries to upgrade their equipment and production methods has also provided a thrust for the resurgent Spanish wine business that recently has ranked just under European heavyweights (Italy and France) as truly high grade wine producers.
Traditionally, wine has been produced in just about every area of Spain, with the Rioja of Northeastern Spain being singled out for its remarkable quality. Today, additional areas are on the rise and are attracting considerable attention in international trade markets. What’s even more interesting is the fact that these new wines are also garnering high scores and numerous gold medals in top European wine competitions.
Fortunately for many Spaniards, the marvelous city of Madrid is situated in central Spain and affords its citizens relatively easy access to most of Spain’s often-oldish vineyards. Many of the vineyards have origins that are hundreds and even thousands of years old that add to the mystical aura that surrounds the towns and cities in which the vineyards and bodegas (wineries) are located. A great number of pristine castles and medieval buildings dot the winegrowing areas of Spain making the entire country a veritable wonderland for even the most modest wine enthusiast.
Spanish winemaking equipment and techniques, for the most part, are as modern as any in the world. This new enterprise has been fueled by a number of younger winery owners and winemakers that have witnessed the successes of their European Community (EC) neighbors in planting and building new wineries for the international markets. Spanish growers have also relied on their own native grape varietals for the success of their wines. These grapes are led by the venerable Tempranillo of Rioja fame but also include a number of varietals (Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura to name a few) that are unfamiliar to the American wine drinking public.
The emergence of small boutique-like bodegas in numerous wine areas of Spain has provided increased attention to the production of high caliber wines form Spain. This is in marked deference to the older, mass-produced wines many Spanish wineries were identified with for many centuries.
These smaller, well-made wines began appearing on American shelves and restaurant wine lists as recently as four or five years ago and have grown in number at a relatively remarkable clip. This growth spurt has caused more wineries to be built and the future looks bright for even more impressive Spanish wines being imported to the United States.