Milénico is borne of lands that were won and lost a thousand years ago, where the Duero River was once a border dividing two worlds. Socastillo is one of the steep slopes where Milénico got its start, and it recalls the former frontier fortress located at its highest point, where today only peaceful panoramas and memories of times long past remain.

The other hillsides on the right bank of the Duero River (most just a scant few hundred meters from the river) have place-names that refer either to the hillsides themselves, such as Solapeña (lone ridge), or name the byways to destinations, like Carraroa (the way to Roa).

They are poor lands for other crops, having been formed mainly by the runoff from the steep slopes bordering the valley of the Duero River, that join the river with the highlands at elevations of between 750 and 800 meters. The land is well-ventilated and gets a lot of sun, both natural factors that provide the optimal conditions for a healthy vine and for the ripening grapes.





Valdepila is the name of a small valley that cascades from the highlands situated at 900 meters above sea level down into the valley of the Duero River at 750 meters. A thousand years ago it became home to a hermitage because of its peaceful stillness and remote location. Today one can still feel the attraction of that stillness that remains ever present in those lands.

In the not too distant past, yet in the last century, the vineyards dominated the landscape. With the passage of time and continued emigration from the area, the slopes were left barren. Today our vineyards are regaining their former grandeur and dominion over the valley at different elevations and in all directions.

Our father tells how, in years past, the harvest became synonymous with trembling legs, for having to hoist the grapes upon your shoulders and carry them downhill. He also remembers how it was said that wine there “it looked more like rum than [any] wine”, something that certainly had to do with our grandfather having been born in Cuba.

The Valdepila label is a selection of the finest wine grapes from this region, resulting from careful cultivation coupled with a deliberate and select limited production. The vines themselves are of the Tempranillo variety, planted in an arrangement of 2,200 vines per hectare and with yields ranging between 3,000 and 3,500 kg per hectare in the areas we use for the producing this wine.


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