Bodegas Hesvera is a contraction of 'Bodega Hermanos Espinosa Rivera'. Established in 1999 by two brothers, José and Emilio - with the long surname. More than ten years earlier, they had grafted Tinta Fina vines and commercialised their first wines in 1995.
The brothers shared the same vision and philosophy, based on respect for local tradition and supported by technological knowhow - Emilio was an agricultural engineer before becoming and oenologist. The bodega is located in Pesquera, at the heart of the D.O. Their wines are a reflection of everything that has made Ribera del Duero into the world-renowned wine region it is today.
D.O. Ribera del Duero is located in central Spain, 100 km north of Madrid. Together with Rioja and Priorato this D.O. is considered one of the best regions for Spanish wines. With altitudes of 700 to 850 metres, cold winters and warm summers, and strong temperature fluctuations between day and night, the grapes ripen slowly and develop excellent acidity. These Crianzas and Reservas are wines absolutely suited to ageing.
Ribera del Duero is blessed with a combination of terroir, microclimate and a native grape variety which enables outstanding and complex red wines to be made. At this altitude, Tempranillo (also known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino) develops refreshingly acidic grapes with thin skins, which make wines that can be enjoyed both young and as Gran Reservas. After being awarded D.O. status in 1982, many vineyards were replanted and all sorts of bodegas, ranging from small family businesses to large cooperatives and wine estates, began investing in modern winemaking technology. At the same time, families, which had previously sold their grape harvests to bodegas, established their own wineries, while the Consejo Regulador stimulated research and development projects ranging from automatised harvest quality controls to pesticide alternatives
This newly acquired common knowledge had an enormous impact on the quality of the wine, which is nowadays exported throughout the world. There is a wine museum in Peñafiel Castle and the Centro de Interpretación del Vino (a museum entirely dedicated to winemaking) in Aranda del Duero (Burgos).
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