Bodegas Félix Callejo is located in Sotillo de la Ribera (Spain), at the heart of the “Ribera del Duero” Denomination of Origin. From its birth in 1989 as an answer to a long family tradition, the venture has thrived thanks to the enthusiasm and drive which the Callejo family has dedicated to it.
With more than 100 hectares of planted vineyards, Callejo is made from the Tempranillo or Tinta Fina variety of grapes. Their vineyards in Sotillo de la Ribera are located at 850 meters altitude on small southerly- oriented slopes. Lime-rich soil of ideal texture, from the Miocene era, together with the characteristically mild climate of the area create the ideal conditions for the growth and development of the vines.
The harvest period, lasting approximately 15 days in October, is the first step in the production of wines. Painstaking care and attention is given to the vines throughout the year, and the harvest is carried out in a similarly meticulous fashion.
There are various steps in the selection process. The first of them is in the vineyard. The grapes are transported to the bodega in boxes after being picked by hand. The second stage of selection takes place in the reception area, where a conveyor belt is used for the selection of bunches. The third and final selection takes place after the grapes have been picked off the raceme, using a vibrating table . From there, they continue to the bodega and to the stainless steel vessels to begin the fermentation process.
FELIX CALLEJO 2005
Selección de Viñedos
de la Familia
Information on the 2005 vintage
The winter began as the coldest of recent years and with very low rainfall. Good levels of temperatures in spring with occasional spells of rain brought about even shooting of the vines. The summer was dry and very hot, causing early ripening of the grapes. Yields were low due to the small size of the berries, which however contained very high levels of polyphenols. The harvest began at the end of September after a very good month for the phenolic ripening, thanks to low night temperatures. The vines and the grapes were in perfect health.
Production Bottled in April 2007. 19,500 bottles of 0.75l. 350 bottles Magnum of 1.5l.
Gran Reserva 2004
Information on the 2004 vintage
Favourable weather conditions with a cold winter and rainy spring, bringing about a good start to the growing season for the new shoots during May and June. A dry, hot summer with evenly spread rainfall favouring good ripening of the grapes, with no water-deficit stress for the vines. The harvest was begun at the beginning of October with excellent quality grapes and without rain.
Production Bottled in February 2007. 6,030 bottles of 0.75l.
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