Campo Eliseo Estate
A love for the land and a winemaker's curiosity led François Lurton and Dany and Michel Rolland to discover unique native varieties and terroirs. Their adventurous spirit brought them to Toro and Rueda over 30 years ago and, since then, the combination of French and Castilian winemaking traditions has led them to become one of the leading names in great Spanish wines.

Do Toro

  • The D.O. Toro appellation is located to the northwest of Madrid, in the centre of Castile and León. Situated on a plateau, our vineyard is planted at a height of 600 to 750 metres above sea level. This is crucial to the quality of grape production. It means there is considerable variation between daytime and night-time temperatures, which gives the grapes a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity: sweetness from long hours of sunshine, acidity from cool nights. Temperatures commonly reach as high as 36°C during the day, and fall to 15°C at night. The proximity of the River Duero also plays an important role in the quality of grape production. It brings favourable humidity, reflects the sun's rays and creates a microclimate. In climatic conditions such as these, the grapes grow very slowly and ripen very late. Tinta de Toro grapes are usually not harvested until mid-October.
  • Continental: long, cold winters, short springs with late frosts, and hot, dry summers. These conditions force the vines to seek water deep in the soil. Rain is infrequent and falls mainly in winter.

  • 100% Tinta de Toro. The Campo Eliseo vines are goblet-trained and grown according to organic or sustainable methods. Their density varies according to the parcels between 900 and 1100 vines per hectare. The vines are not irrigated. Their average age is 40 years.

  • The dark, stony alluvial soil is sandy and loamy, and rich in calcium and magnesium, allowing good irrigation. At the surface are small, rounded pebbles known as canto rodado, yellow and rust-coloured and of varying sizes, which are deposited by the River Duero. The pale stones reflect the sun's rays and store a certain amount of heat at night, when the temperature drops.

    Tinta de Toro: A variety of Tempranillo native to the D.O. Toro appellation, with its own ampelographic characteristics. This noble Spanish grape variety produces wines that are well-structured yet also have great finesse.

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Do Rueda

  • Created in 1980, the D.O. Rueda appellation is situated in the north of Spain, in Castile and León, between two major red-wine appellations: Toro to the northwest and Ribera del Duero to the east. The region traditionally produces white wines from the Verdejo, Viura, Sauvignon Blanc and Palomino varieties. Rueda is located in the central area, in a depression formed by the River Duero.

  • Continental: with long, cold winters, short springs with the risk of late frosts, and hot, dry summers, disrupted only by untimely storms. These factors force the vines to seek their nutrients deep in the soil. Rain is infrequent, ranging from a minimum of 300 mm to a maximum of 500 mm per year. The variation in daytime and night-time temperatures is key. The cool nights offset the hot days, ensuring balanced ripening.

  • The areas of La Seca, Rueda and La Serrada are where the best terroirs are found and where grapes are mainly grown. Our vineyards are on the plateau around La Seca, at a height of about 600 metres above sea level. The vines, aged between 25 and 40 years old, are cultivated in without irrigation (in 'Secano' in Spanish). This means they must seek water and nutrients deep in the soil.

  • Dark grey-brown, gravelly, sandy-loamy soil, rich in calcium and magnesium. Stony yet easy to cultivate, with good aeration and drainage. A few limestone outcrops on higher ground.

    Verdejo. Verdejo is one of the most important white-grape varieties in Spain and is native to the Rueda appellation. Rich and long, with fruity aromas, it is a variety high in polyphenols. A late ripener, Verdejo is picked when the skin turns brown, usually one month after Sauvignon Blanc.

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