Vine growing couple Jose Maria Garcia and Milagros Figuero have dedicated their lives to their family vineyards, and were key to establishing the DO Ribera del Duero as a high quality wine region by supplying Tempranillo grapes to the region’s best wineries. In the late 1990’s, Jose and Milagros decided to produce their own wines, and after constructing their winery at La Horra they released the first Tinto Figuero vintage in 2001. Enlisting the winemaking team of Alicia Vítores and Oscar Rodriguez, Figuero have an absolute commitment to perfection. Using minimal handling techniques they bring out the purest expression of their grapes, creating beautifully balanced and complex wines. Gravity flow, automatic tank topping and strict temperature control are used along with whole grape fermentations and gentle pressing. All of the wines
are aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels and are further matured in bottle until ready for release.
The Duero valley sits on the northern Iberian plateau and consists of a series of high valleys at an altitude of between 750 and 850 metres.
The climate is a mixture of continental and Mediterranean, with marked variations in temperature between each season – dry hot summers with temperatures of up to 40ºC, and long, harsh winters with temperatures
reaching as low as -18ºC. With a variety of sedimentary soils including layers of silt, clayey sand, limestone, marl and chalk there are a multitude of sites with individual characteristics suited to grape production.
The Figuero vineyards are in La Horra at the heart of the Ribera del Duero, and are cultivated only with Tempranillo. For over 200 years La Horra has been one of the most prestigious areas along the banks of the Duero River for wine production and high quality vineyards. Figuero’s vines are planted mainly with north to south orientation for even fruit ripening, and with short pruned spurs produce small fleshy berries of outstanding quality. 25 out of Figuero’s 53 hectares of vines are over 60 years old, and all grapes are hand harvested and selected for quality in the vineyard before delivery to the winery for processing.
Since releasing their first vintage in 2001, Figuero has shot to international success and now exports to over a dozen countries. 5 out of the 6 wines below are rated over 90 points by Wine Advocate with the very limited Tinus 2006 obtaining 95 points, as well as winning two trophies including Best Wine in Show at the New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2010.