Cebreros, a village within the Sierra de Gredos,
was one of those forgotten regions he discovered on the Cañadas Reales in 1999 when the region was known only for bulk wine. Telmo began to make his first wine that year and decided to use the name Pegaso, a tribute to the famous Spanish car and truck manufacturer of the 1940s, which is dear to collectors with an eye for design and style.
First, they recovered the grand cru slope of Arrebatacapas, at an elevation of over 1100m, which is the most important pizarra (slate) landscape in all of Gredos. A rare band of brown slate is folded into the mostly granitic mountain range. The wine from this slate vineyard is called Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra. A short while later, they continued to discover other vineyards with the equally interesting, granite-laced soil making wines called Granito and most recently, Zeta, which is a blend of both soil types.
We were working in a category that didn’t exist, working to produce an ambitious wine to ensure the survival of these stubborn vines. It has not been easy, but we succeeded. Today, Cebreros is an international category and our Barrancos de Pizarra and Granito, are the pure expression of this extreme and distinctive place.
– Telmo Rodríguez.
Cebreros is now both the name of the village and the appellation of origin in the southeast of the province of Ávila, within the greater Sierra de Gredos region. The landscape is stunning and quite varied, with some incredible-looking vineyards. It is nature at its best: unspoiled, wild, rustic, full of energy and light, and as authentic as it gets.
Enter Marc Isart (of Bernabeleva fame), who has been the winemaker here since 2016. Marc is known to many as one of the most knowledgeable and talented growers working in Sierra de Gredos, as he has been making wine there since 2007. Viticulture here strictly honors the old bush-trained vines and is certified EU organic, the area being surrounded by pine nut trees and high-mountain vegetation. Finally, with the refurbishment of an old hunting lodge called Finca La Piñonera, they established the simple winery in the heart of the vineyards.
Marc has guided Pegaso into an incredible new clarity of expression, being neither overly light, as is the current winemaking trend, nor overbearing, as was the style of the area in the past. Instead, the Pegaso wines speak confidently and clearly of the slate and granite mountains, fresh air and pine trees. More than one taster has uttered the phrase “mountain nebbiolo” when tasting Cebreros wines; and while they are completely separate grapes and regions, there are similarities in structure, spirit, and a lasting impression which connects these wines produced on once-forgotten slopes.