Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez and also one of the oldest. Alfonso Valdespino was knight who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs in 1264. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family and they own 750 ha in Jerez. They are one of the only bodegas currently producing single vineyard sherries.
Valdespino’s single vineyard (Pago) Macharnudo Alto is located in the privileged area of High Jerez at 135 m above sea. The white ‘albariza’ soil, typical of Jerez, comes from a layer of earth rich in marine fossils. Thanks to the high content of calcium carbonate, its clayey texture does not split; it is soft when wet and absorbs rain like a sponge. When it dries out it forms a hard layer which prevents evaporation.
Tio Diego remains under yeast between 2 and 3 months. It is aged under a veil of ‘flor’ for more than eight years. Further maturing, allowing oxidation of the wine, takes place for at least another eight years before bottling. The nose is characterized by hazelnut aromas, earth, dried fruits, herbs, a hint of toffee, caramel and tobacco. The fusion of two different aging processes makes Amontillado wines extraordinarily complex and intriguing to the senses.