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Zerberos is a small winery located in Avila, overseen by winemaker Daniel Ramos. Daniel is part of an association called Garnachas de Gredos (GdG), which is a registered Association of Growers established in July 2013 located in the Gredos mountain range. There are now 18 members and counting. The association unites likeminded viñateros, who have agreed to adhere to a number of statues, such as organic viticulture and the cultivation of specific grape varieties, namely Garnacha (red) and Albillo Real (white). There are allowances for a small percentage of other grapes, as many of the old vineyards are planted with a few other grapes, but the idea of the GdG is to emphasize those two dominant indigenous varieties. In addition, the grapes must come from one of the three designated viticultural appellations of the Gredos range (Mentrida, Tierra de Castilla y León, and Madrid).
Zerberos’ white wines are made from Albillo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes and spend a few days on the skins prior to fermentation. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are owned and run by Vega Sicilia who, early on, saw the potential of the region, but in the end decided not to make white wines. It is quite a lucky find and we’re thrilled with the wines Daniels makes from it. He owns most of the rest of his vineyards and runs his tiny operation out of a new winery he just built in the town of Cerberos.
Daniel chronicles his story in English and Spanish on his blog, which is full of fascinating insights into winemaking and the wine industry: http://winesdanielramosvinos.blogspot.com/