The harvest plays a decisive role in the production process of these great wines. Therefore, our obsession for quality at Tobelos Bodegas y Viñedos, begins at the moment of the grape harvest.
The vineyards grow surrounding the winery, where a traditional viticulture has been carried out on small plots with: manual pruning, de-suckering, lateral shoots removal and manual harvest.
Grape bunches are hand-picked in 20 kg boxes in order to arrive intact to the selection tables.
The boxes are placed one by one on a conveyor belt where a primary visual control takes place, and later, the bunches are directed to the sorting tables.
Selected bunches are taken to the destemmer and then the pulp obtained go to the tanks by means of IFO (Identified Flying Object) system, the system of piping and pumps, which is more aggressive on the fruit, is avoided.
The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in truncated-cone-shaped stainless steel tanks and smaller concrete tanks, as well as in wooden vats.
Malolactic fermentation is done next, in casks, vats and tanks.
The storage vats are made of concrete and are filled by gravity.
Inside the production area there is a place called microvinification winery, dedicated to research and development tasks.
It is a well-stocked and small wine cellar, where our oenologist tests different microvinification techniques and potential new wines are developed according to different soils as well as to separate the varieties and find different ways of viticulture management. That is a commitment for R&D.
The 800 casks of French, American and central European oak rest in a large hall on two levels in respectful silence for an average of two years which gives the particular character to the wine through the ageing process.
In this spectacular hall, seen from the floor above, a wide perspective is offered and the ageing process is magnified, where the wine develops its personality with the unmistakable seal of Tobelos.
From the barrel the wine is bottled and placed in the bottle rack area to complete both the ageing and refining processes.