Bodegas Ismael Arroyo S.L. is a family winery that is located in a town of Burgos called Sotillo de la Ribera, in the heart of the Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero. This winery was founded in the year 1979, when there was not yet a denomination of origin. Ismael Arroyo struggled along with a small number of people in order to create this Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero, which was created in 1982.The tradition of winemaking has been passed down from generation to generation in the family of Ismael Arroyo for 400 years. In fact, the winery preserves a document proving how Elpidio Arroyo, father and paternal grandfather of the current generation, won a prize in 1948 in the "Greater competition of Red Wines and rosés of the Ribera del Duero."A glass and 500 pesetas was the award obtained in the year 1951 (1st Award in the Wines County Contest) by Vidal Callejo, maternal grandfather of the current generation.Some other important documents preserved in the cave are a diploma by 1st class wine, granted in the year 1902 and drawn with fountain pen by the engraver Isidro Gil. There is also a document dated in 1787 of the tithe or taxes applied to the wine, which had to be paid to the village, to the church, to the council and to the parish.
Bodegas Ismael Arroyo has an incredible subterranean Wine Cellar dating from the 16th century which has been considered as one of the wine cathedrals. There are 1200 square metres of tunnels dug into rock and pierced in stone. In 1992, a subterranean expansion of 800 square metres was carried out in order to complete the park of barrels and wine racks. ValSotillo was produced in this historical winery in excellent conditions, naturally, at a constant temperature of 11-12 ° C. throughout all the year, together with the absence of vibrations, noises and light, which allow their wines to have an excellent aging. The wine makes its aging process in oak American barrels of 225-litres and the rest of the time it is in the bottle until the time is reached for exit to the market, in order to offer it in its best condition.
The winery owns 25 hectares of vineyards of their own; also they always buy grapes from the same grape growers from Sotillo de la Ribera, who with their good work care for their vineyards in order to pick up a grape of an exceptional quality. These vineyards which get to an average age of 50 years (some even up to 90), are planted only with the grape variety ”Tinta del país” ( Tempranillo). The vineyards are planted in well-aired and sunny slopes, in soils with a clay-limestone, sandstone and stony formation. The vines develop its growth in a natural way, respecting the environment, without drip irrigation or chemical fertilizers. The pruning is done by hand with scissors; the vines are bought up in the traditional system of pruning in glass, pruning severely the vines. This is the best system of pruning for the vine because this way it does not suffer and the plant tolerates a longer life.
Wines: Valsotillo Reserva
Bodegas Ismael Arroyo Winery
Address: Los Lagares 71,
09441 Sotillo de la Ribera
Tel: +34 947 532 309