Tinto Pesquera – Alejandro Fernández

Since a couple of months I am working for the winery Tinto Pesquera in the wine region Ribera del Duero. I´m in charge of the visits and the tastings, as well as the contact with tour operators and the development of wine tourism. Since I haven´t written about Tinto Pesquera before, I think it´s about time I do!

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Bodega Tinto Pesquera

 

ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ

Alejandro Fernández with his beloved Tempranillo grapes

Tinto Pesquera is the first winery of Grupo Pesquera, the wine company of Alejandro Fernández existing of four wineries. Alejandro started his company in 1972, after having worked as a blacksmith and carpenter for several years, but he has been involved in the wine making process from a very young age. Together with his father he elaborated the wines for his whole family in the 16th century winery in Pesquera de Duero, which he later bought to start making the first Tinto Pesquera wines. Now 84 years old, Alejandro still continues working and sharing the love for his wines with everyone he meets.

Besides Tinto Pesquera, Grupo Pesquera consists of Condado de Haza, the 2nd winery in Ribera del Duero, Dehesa la Granja in Zamora and El Vínculo in Castilla la Mancha. Since 2011 the company also has its own hotel, AF Pesquera****, where its guests can also enjoy the delicious Castilian food, paired with the Grupo Pesquera wines.

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Hotel AF Pesquera (Peñafiel)

 

The guided visit of Tinto Pesquera starts in the shop, where I explain a bit about each winery and its wines and about the history of the company. Then we walk to the old winery, called ´Lagar´, where Alejandro made his wines for 8 years (1975-1982). It is a beautiful place, still in its original state, and in the video shown the working process is explained very clearly.

Of course a visit to the modern installations, including an explanation of the elaboration process of our Tempranillo wines, also forms part of the visit. At the end of the visit we will taste a Tinto Pesquera wine, accompanied by some sheep cheese from Dehesa la Granja.

 

decantarIf Alejandro isn´t at one of the other wineries, he will also join the tasting and share his stories. It might even happen that he will sing the Pesquera song for you!

We offer visits during the morning from Monday to Saturday. During weekdays we sometimes also offer visits during the afternoon. Sundays the winery is closed.

If you are interested in visiting Tinto Pesquera, please email or call me and I will be happy to receive you!

 

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