The AALTO project was founded in February 1999, in the prestigious winemaking region of Ribera del Duero (Spain). The foundational aim of Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini in AALTO was to make a wine that shows a different personality, of high quality and being a faithful reflection of distinct locations, blending them at the end of the aging process to obtain balance and complexity.
A few years later, in 2006, Masaveu and Nozaleda families joined AALTO, both owners of wineries in other wine regions of Spain, providing experience and stability to the project, which meant the consolidation of the winery to this day.
Aalto is a red wine from the D.O. Ribera del Duero produced by the Aalto winery. This wine is a monovarietal of Tinto Fino. The grapes used to obtain Aalto come from very old vines, between 40 and 80 years old, and young vines. For full details about each of our wines, click on the images.
Mariano García Fernández
Born in Valbuena de Duero
Mariano García studied at the “Escuela de la Vid y el Vino” in Madrid and made his first harvest in 1968 at Vega Sicilia, where he developed his professional career as Technical Director of the company for 30 years, until 1998. In 1999, he founded with Javier Zaccagnini, Bodegas AALTO, as Technical Director from the first day. As a winemaker, Mariano García firmly controls the yields, respecting the grapes as much as possible and his philosophy of minimum intervention, searching for the maximum expression of the terroir in each plot. The wines unite the power and structure with elegance and complexity.
The winery currently controls 130 hectares of old, indigenous vines of Tinto Fino, scattered in more than 200 plots located in nine different municipalities belonging to the Ribera del Duero Appellation. Due to the different altitudes and climatology, the vineyards of each location have different dates of optimal ripening and are individually harvested. Each vineyard is farmed following the strict guidelines of the winemakers throughout the year, without herbicides or chemical fertilizers, short prunings and with all farming operations focused on quality.