Mr. Pedro Gallego, owner of Campos Góticos winery from Ribera del Duero in Spain, visited Stockholm in order to launch his organic wines that will be at the Systembolaget shelves from 1st of April. The wine is called Campos Góticos 2008 which is an ecological wine which will be launched both on 750 ml bottles SEK 89 and half bottles on SEK 49. The vineyard was the first wine company of the Regulatory Council for the Designation of Origin (D.O.) Ribera del Duero in registering in the Organ of Control of the Organic Agriculture, of this zone of crop of vineyards.
WB Center: What grapes are you using to your wines?
Pedro Gallego:It’s Tempranillo which is the Spanish queen variety, so much for being the most cultivated variety, as for being that of major quality among those of production of red wines. It is already admitted by the whole wine spectrum that it is in the Ribera del Duero where this variety of wine plant reaches its maximum quality, reaching to do of the best wines of the world.
WB Center: How come that you started Campos Góticos?
Pedro Gallego: For many years I wanted to realize my wine project, I was dreaming during many yers with planting vineyards and of doing my wine. Many weekends, principally Saturdays I spent my time in the Ribera del Duero knowing the field, crossing the zones of vineyard, speaking with the peoples of the area.
The year 1977 I started buying lands, where to plant vineyards, to do quality wines. The dedication was very intense and the not easy at all task, the owners of crop lands are a people attached to his land, it is not easy to achieve that they get rid of them. As everything in this life, it i a question of will.
WB Center: Where is Ribera del Duero located and how is the climate?
Pedro Gallego:Ribera del Duero is placed in the zone north centre of Spain, to a latitude on 850 m, the climate is cold during most of the year, the summers are short and warm during the day, 35 degrees being able to be reached, to pass to cold nights of 15 degrees or less.
WB Center: Your wine is a high quality wines. Why did you choose to launch a wine with that price category?
Pedro Gallego: I wanted let all Swedish consumer to also know about Ribera del Duero and not only for the ones who can afford it. However, we have other wines too at Systembolaget:
Campos Góticos Crianza 2005. Price: SEK 199.-
Lunas 2005 Vendimia Seleccionada. Price: SEK 329.-
Mr. Pedro Gallego recommends to visit the following restaurants:
Street: Alcalde José Elosegui, 273
zipcode-city:20015 San Sebastian
El Rincón de Esteban
Street: Santa Catalina, 3
Street: Av. Manuel Rivera, 16
zipcode-city: 34002 Palencia
Published February 2011 by Cristina Funke, Wine & Beverage Center, WB Center