Martínsancho is Angel Rodríguez’ 17th-century vineyard responsible for the preservation of Rueda’s indigenous Verdejo grape. Cuttings from here were used in 1976 to establish a 25-acre vineyard planted in the traditional head-pruned fashion and dry-farmed. Low-yield “Verdejo” apports viscosity and a long finish while retaining a delicate floral nose.
For his dedication to the preservation of this variety, he was awarded the Cruz de la Orden Civil del Merito Agrícola by King Juan Carlos in 1982. He was also one of the founders of Denominación de Origen Rueda in 1980.
Currently the winery is run by his daughter, the winemaker Mª Concepcion Rodriguez, who continues with the same fundamentals of his father. She has opted for organic viticulture, achieving in 2022 the certification for all the plots of her vineyard. The generational relay continues, as her sons Arturo and Eduardo were able to share with their grandfather Ángel long days in the vineyard during which he transmitted to them his passion for viticulture and the basics of goblet pruning. Eduardo is currently studying a Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology at the prestigious University of Montpellier, France.
|REGION||CASTILLA Y LEON|
|APPELLATION||D.O. RUEDA (LA SECA)|
|PROPRIETORS||THE RODRUGUEZ FAMILY|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||25,000 bottles|
|FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)|
|WINE||BLEND||VINE AGE||SOIL TYPES||VINEYARD AREA|
|Martinsancho||Verdejo||Planted 1972||Alluvial soil, pure gravel to a depth of 30 feet||25 acres / 10.11 ha|
|Prephylloxera||“Majuelo’ plot – alluvial soil, pure gravel to a depth of 30 feet||Less than 1 acre plot|