Campo Eliseo, a wine estate in the northern Spanish region of Toro, has expanded its activities into the neighbouring region Rueda, entering into the world of white wine.
Founded by fifth-generation winemaker François Lurton along with Michel and Dany Rolland, Campo Eliseo sits on 18 hectares of vines, all 50-70 years old, and all exclusively producing red wine. However, the new estate in Rueda, La Seca, will produce only white wines. Sitting on six hectares, 60% of the vines are between 15 and 35 years old.
Verdejo will be harvested on the estate, known for being intensely aromatic with notes of brioche and white fruits. The grapes are harvested by hand, and the winery's subterranean cellar is home to a mixture of concrete eggs, barriques and wooden fermenters.
'I have been making wines in Rueda appellation since 1992, so the grape variety Verdejo is no secret for me,' said François Lurton, speaking to Imbibe. 'I know its potential to make great white wines, its complexity and finesse, as well as ageing potential if carefully vinified. In every one of my estates I always pursue a single-minded goal – producing wines that perfectly expresses their place of origin.
'In Campo Eliseo's case, our vineyard is situated in the heart of the appellation, in La Seca area, known to be Verdejo's cradle and to respect them, they are grown organically.'
Camp Eliseo wines can be found at Trencherman's, with the estate currently looking for new partners in the UK to increase distribution, as well as that of the Rueda wines.
Trencherman's, 01935 432857