Vina Mayor “Secreto” – Ribera del Duero
“Secreto” is the personal collection of Almudena Alberca MW, the winemaker and technical director of Vina Major, and Spain’s first and only female Master of Wine. The Vina Major winery is located in the “golden mile” of Ribera del Duero – the most prestigious area of the region – and a mere stone’s throw from Vega Sicilia! Each of the 3 wines in this excellent range shows the different personalities of the Tempranillo grape when planted on the best terroirs of the Ribera del Duero appellation.
Secreto is the most important wine in the collection and comes from vines averaging over 60 years old at an altitude of over 900 meters above sea level. It is a blend of Tempranillo grapes from different vineyards across the region, planted on sand, clay, and limestone soils. It was fermented in concrete eggs followed by ageing for one year in 500 litre French oak barrels, then 18 months in bottle. It is a fine and complex red combining power and elegance, juicy fruit flavours and minerality.
Secreto 2 reveals the mystery of the Ribera Soriana subregion! It comes from a single vineyard of 80 year old Tempranillo vines planted on sandy and limestone soils at an altitude of 950 meters. It was aged in 500 litre French oak barrels for 12 months followed by 18 months in bottle before release. This is a perfumed and delicate wine with aromas of violets and forest fruits. It has fine, silky tannins, elegance and gentle complexity.
The mixed sand and clay soils of the Ribera Burgalesa are the secret behind Secreto 3 RB. This again comes from a single vineyard of vines over 80 years old planted at an altitude of 900 meters. It was aged in 500 litre French oak barrels for 12 months followed by 18 months in bottle before release. This wine reflects the fruit, power and strength of the Ribera del Duero region. It is full bodied, rich and opulent with intense black and red fruit flavours, long length and balanced acidity.
Leaders in Sustainability
Vina Major is one of the leading sustainable wineries in Spain and was the first winery in the Ribera del Duero region to achieve “Wineries for Climate Change” certification. Since 2015, all the energy used is 100% renewable in origin and the winery is certified carbon neutral.