Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos owns 55 hectares in the villages of Villaester and San Roman de Hornija, planted mainly with Tinta de Toro, which comes from the same family as Tempranillo, but adapted to Toro over centuries. This adaptation has lead to smaller berries which in turn lead to deeper color and more intense aroma and structure than typical of Tempranillo from other regions. It is possible to separate two different soil areas, in Villaester the soil has sand and clay with some gravels, while in San Roman the soil is more stony. Grapes mature sooner in San Roman than Villaester. The vines range in age up to 70 years old and are pruned to grow as bushes rather than on vertical trellises. On the vines the grapes hang low under a rounded canopy of leaves that protects them from scorching summer temperatures. This type of pruning concentrates the flavor of the grapes as it naturally limits the yield of grapes for each vine.
Mariano Garcia Fernandez
Mariano began his work as a winemaker in the mid 1960´s. He studied at the Madrid school of winemaking and viticulture and made his first vintage at Vega Sicilia in 1968. In the 1970´s he completed his oenological education by attending various courses and seminars. From 1980 he travelled regularly, visiting numerous wine regions around the world. He has been the adviser to the Mauro Group since its creation in 1980, and in 1998, he became the General Director and Winemaker of the company.
In 1994 he began experimenting with grapes from the Toro region, an area he knew well and had previously predicted a great future for. In 1996 he bought several vineyards in Toro and land on which to build a new winery. The first wine produced in Toro was the 1998 San Roman. As a winemaker, Mariano rigorously controls the yields, respecting the grapes and preserving the characteristics of the terroir and the variety, extracting fruit and mature tannins during the vinification, with the goal of obtaining full bodied, lengthy wines that are, at the same time, fine, elegant and complex.
Eduardo Garcia Montana
With the goal of expanding his knowledge and experience in winemaking both in Spain and elsewhere Eduardo earned viticulture and oenology degrees from highly rated schools in both Bordeaux: Lycée agricole de Blanquefort and Faculte d’oenologie, and his native Spain: Escuela de la Vid y el Vino de Requena, along with apprenticeships at top properties in St Estephe, Entre De Mers, the Medoc, Burgundy, and also in California: Cos D´Estournel, Vignobles D´Espagne, Chateau Dillon, Hubert Lignier and Ridge Vineyards.
Since his father, Mariano retired from Vega Sicilia in 1998, he and Eduardo have collaborated on a number of noteworthy projects, including Bodegas Maurodos. In 2003 Eduardo established a new project at Maurodos, which he has named Prima. Together with his brother Alberto, Eduardo runs a new Ribera del Duero winery called Astrales, and a special project in Bierzo called Paixar, which focuses on the local native variety, Mencía.
Eduardo is passionate about the Castilla y León terroir and he prefers to create wines that are aromatic, balanced and elegant. His philosophy is to respect what the fruit has to offer and bring out the most of it in the wine making and aging process.
“Even though the region has undergone long periods of neglect, today many of Spain’s notable winemakers are investing in Toro. One of the hottest is Bodegas Mauro, begun by Mariano Garcia, the former winemaker of the famous Vega Sicilia winery in Ribera del Duero, and his sons Eduardo and Alberto. This producer has pedigree and is helping to bring Toro to the forefront of Spain’s wine scene.” San Francisco Chronicle by Leslie Sbrocco (February 10, 2005)
"García is bigger than Ribera del Duero, says Victor de la Serna, a deputy editor at the Madrid daily newspaper, El Mundo, and one of Spain's leading wine authorities. 'Mariano is the great man of Spanish wine,' de la Serna says. 'He's the No. 1 winemaker in the country. A whole school of people have been mentored by Mariano.'" Los Angeles Times by Corie Brown (July 11, 2007)
"With brawny, intense fruit, bold structure, and sweet
tannins, Toro wines are easily among the most powerful reds
from Spain. While Toros often seem similar to wines from
the Ribera del Duero and Rioja, they’re more hearty and
extracted, set apart by earthy, mineral, cassis, eucalyptus,
and tar notes that underscore their unique, broad-shouldered
character." Eduardo Garcia Old Vines, Young Children
The World of Fine Wine by Chris Fleming (Issue 27)