Orly Lumbreras, Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y León Milagritos Red 2019
Sierre de Gredos, Spain
From the importer-
Orly Lumbreras is a sound engineer and radio show host whose love for music infuses his wine labels, his analogies for farming, and his winemaking processes alike. Like most people who discover a new passion as adults and embark upon a second career, he is emotional about the path that winemaking and farming have led him down. Orly started making wine in 2012 with his neighbor, Alfredo Maestro, who introduced him to the austere outer reaches of the Alto Alberche winegrowing zone in the Sierra de Gredos. Although only a couple of hours west of Madrid, this region of massive granitic mountains studded with perfectly adapted old vines of Garnacha at upwards of 1,200m altitude feels remarkably remote. Orly instantly became enamored with the energy and power of this place and the dramatic range of wines it creates. He set down roots in Navalmoral de la Sierra, a mountain village in the Alto Alberche, and recuperated a tiny old bodega in the center of town, as well as a cluster of cabins on the outskirts, where he makes wild, acidic red wines from Grenache vineyards over 1,000m high, as well as contemplative, improvisational whites, made from old vines of Albillo Real, Chasselas, and other (even more rare!) white varieties like Jaen and Chelva, with skin contact of various durations. Orly currently works with 12ha of vines. He operates on instinct in adopting vineyards and commits to farming extremely challenging sites in high-altitude, virtually untouched corners of Gredos, including abandoned vineyards that may never yield fruit again. Farming is organic with biodynamic methods (500 treatment, nettle and yarrow applications, sulfur), and winemaking is natural, with low or no additions of SO2, and no fining or filtration.