The vineyards occupy the area surrounding Fuentecén (Ribera del Duero), a town that has been linked to the world of wine for centuries. The entirety of the small population living in this village belonging to Ribera del Duero in the Region of Burgos still makes a living out of the wine sector. The town owes its name to the significant number of natural fresh water sources that can be found in the area. It is located in Duero Valley, 10 km from Roa de Duero, 17 km from Aranda de Duero and 94 km from the capital, Burgos.
In this area, the average altitude of the vineyards is between 840 and 900 metres above sea level. The soils are composed of gravel, clay and limestone and the grape variety is almost 100% Tempranillo (we find a very small percentage of the white variety Albillo Mayor and some Garnacha). The vineyards in the area are trained both in espalier and goblet, the latter in some cases being over 90 and 100 years old (as is the case of our La Tejera estate). Historically, Fuentecén has been one of the municipalities with the largest number of vineyards in Ribera del Duero (as can be seen in the attached clipping from a 1983 edition of the Diario de Burgos). Fuentecén is also located in the province of Burgos, the most renowned of the Denomination of Origin and with the highest density of
On the outskirts of the town, next to the vineyard plots, the Riaza Valley encompasses the lushness of its riparian forests and poplar groves in the areas closest to the river bed.
Wine culture is present in every corner of the town. In the El Pinar area, located in the upper part of the town, there is a large number of old underground cellars dating back to the 18th century, constructed with sandstone or limestone arches to preserve and age the harvested wine. The depth of these cellars varies between 7 and 12 metres and they are used to keep the wine at a temperature of between 10º and 13º degrees Celsius, with a constant level of humidity maintained all year round. Nowadays, these cellars are used by clubs or groups of friends as a meeting place or to celebrate festivities.
(Some images of Fuentecén today)