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AALTO

As the man who was, for thirty years, behind one of Spain’s most iconic wines, Vega Sicilia, Mariano Garcia’s position as one of the country’s most highly regarded winemakers is beyond dispute.

Together with Javier Zaccagnini, former head of Ribera del Duero’s regulatory body, he is now the brainchild behind the sleekly modern Aalto winery that sits within the region. Thus, the person who knows where the best grapes are and the person who knows how to make them sing get together. How fortuitous.

Seductive, magical, astoundingly concentrated wines derived from very old vineyards, uniformly excellent and in limited quantities.
LOCATION
Valladolid, Spain
VARIETIES PLANTED
Tempranillo
CELLAR DOOR HOURS
Monday- Friday: 09:00- 15:30
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
96/100 The Wine Advocate

Mariano Garcia

He was born in Valbuena de Duero (Valladolid, Spain) on March, 28th 1944. He began his work as a winemaker in the mid 1960’s. He studied at the Madrid School of Winemaking and Viticulture and made his first vintage at Vega Sicilia in 1968. In that year, he began to work as the main winemaker of this winery. He started the Alion winery in 1991 and continued to work at Vega Sicilia as technical director until 1998. In the 1970’s, he completed his oenological education by attending various courses and seminars. From 1980 he travelled regularly, visiting numerous wine regions around the world. He has been adviser to the Mauro Group since its creation in 1980, and in 1998, he became director and winemaker of the company. As a winemaker, Mariano rigorously controls the yields, respecting to the maximum the grapes and preserves the entire characteristics of the terroir and the variey, extracting fruit and mature tannins during the vinification, with the philosophy of obtaining full bodied, longeval wines but, at the same time fine, elegant and complex.

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ONE GLASS FOR EVERY WINE? THE JANCIS ROBINSON TASTING | WELLINGTON

Pairing wine expertise and refined design, this special glass is a result of a collaboration between product designer Richard Brendon, and renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson MW. This Wine Glass has been specifically designed to offer the best tasting experience for every wine, whatever its colour, style or strength, including things like Champagne and port. Made from mouth blown crystal the glass is ultra-fine, but remarkably strong, putting the wine drinker in intimate contact with the wine. We will have David Nash the New Zealand importer here to guide us through the glass tasting, while Regan McCaffery presents the wines.This will be unique, in that we have specially selected top wines that vary tremendously in flavour and texture, so we can put this glass through it's paces. Henri Giraud L'Espirit De Giraud Brut Nature, Josmeyer Hengst Riesling Grand Cru 2015, Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Chartron Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru VV 2016, Wild Earth 'Earth & Sky' Pinot Noir 2014, Biondi Santi Morellino di Scansano 2012, AALTO Ribera del Duero 2015, Chateau Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2015. Only 15 places available for this first tasting so book quickly!
When  |  6:00pm Wednesday 8 May
Where  |  Glengarry Thorndon 53 Hutt Rd Thorndon
Price  |  $49.00
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