In June I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite wine regions in Spain! Ribera del Duero is a beautiful winemaking region where you will find incredible wines, lovely winemakers, and delicious food!
Bodega Sarmentero was one of my must-visit wineries was in Peñafiel that I was so excited to visit. The winery is in the heart of Ribera Del Duero and is founded by Amparo Repiso, a fourth-generation winemaker who sought out to start her own winery. She began in 2004 with one barrel at 60 gallons, and it was so successful, that she and her daughter have been expanding production in small quantities since. I had the pleasure of meeting Maria, her daughter who is also the Director of Sales and International Business. Bodega Sarmentero produces natural wines using indigenous yeasts. The wines reflect the land, which takes up about 7 hectares of Tempranillo grapes. They focus mainly on Tempranillo, but to round out the portfolio they also produce a Verdejo and a rosé.
These wines are hand-harvested and hand-sorted, quality-driven, and very budget-friendly. I tasted through the lineup, which included six wines. These wines you will not find in retail stores in the USA yet, but do not worry, they have an exclusive partnership with a company and you can join a wine club to have wines sent to you here in the USA!
Sarmentero Verdejo- 100% Verdejo from vineyards in Rueda, a known area for Verdejo production. This wine is stainless steel fermented with no malolactic influence. It’s crisp and refreshing with lively acidity and a lovely finish. It’s a wine that’s perfect for daytime sipping or as an aperitif paired with seafood and cheeses.
Sarmentero Rosado– This rosado is perfect for red wine drinkers who want to dive into this category. It’s a powerful rose full of blackberries, raspberries, floral notes, and body. On the palate, it’s juicy and playful, which makes it very versatile for all dinner parties.
Sarmentero Roble- Only 80 cases are produced annually! This wine has aromas of dark berries, baking spice, and red fruit. It’s what’s a Tempranillo from this area should taste like. It’s a bold wine with generous berry flavors, body, and has a nice lingering finish.
Sarmentero VS- From Estate Vineyards, this wine is a red cherry color with candied fruit aromas and licorice notes. It’s fruity and spicy with nice oak notes, black cherries, plums, and seductive flavors. It’s a well-structured wine with a silky smooth finish.
At the winery, these wines range from €5.50-25 which are fantastic for the quality. If you have the opportunity to visit the region, they welcome tours and I absolutely recommend seeing the winery for yourself!