They currently farm 20ha of vines across nine villages in the region,
with the heart of their vineyards near their home village of Mogarraz and the remainder located in the villages of San Esteban de la Sierra, Miranda del Castañar and Garcibuey; with three markedly different types of soil. These range from sandy-granitic to clay and slate.
From 60+-year-old vines on granite and slate soils, Agustín carefully crafts three cuvées. La Zorra is a 50-50 blend of rufete and aragones (the local name for a lighter clone of tempranillo), this blending being typical of the area. The focus is on being light and fresh, a perfect accompaniment to the local jamón. His signature Rufete red is designed to show off the characteristics of the grape grown on granitic soils and can be reminiscent of nervy, food-friendly Cru Beaujolais from France. Rufete blanco is also made at the winery, about which very little is known, but early examples have proved very promising.
With correlations to be drawn between Sierra de Salamanca and Sierra de Gredos, we are following the re-birth of these ancient mountainous wine regions with incredible potential. Rufete has the ability to be one of the premier indigenous red grapes of Spain and Agustín Maíllo is dedicated to elevating the native grape of his home to the status it deserves.