Ribera del Duero is a region that’s come to be defined by big wines, big reputations, and big oak influence. Though these styles of wines remain delicious and popular, we are thrilled to discover younger producers making wine outside of the traditional Ribera box. Enter Germán Blanco, a young winemaker championing a fresher style of ‘Tinto del Pais’- the local name for Tempranillo. He calls his project a 'Micro-winery ‘and it is a true family business, based around the village of La Aguilera in the Burgos province. He works with very old vineyards, many of which are planted at over 900 metres above sea level. German makes his elegant, fruit-forward wines using foot-treading, wild yeast fermentation and minimal handling. All his wines share a delicious rusticity, purity of fruit, and incredible freshness.