Producer profile: Aalto

In less than 16 years, Javier Zaccagnini and Mariano Garcia have achieved their aim – to make a wine in Ribera del Duero equal to the world’s best. Sarah Jane Evans MW meets the duo and discovers the secrets of their success

Aalto: a timeline

1978 Mariano Garcia (above) founds Mauro winery in Castilla y León

1992-1998 Javier Zaccagnini is director of the Consejo Regulador, the regulatory board for Ribera del Duero

March 1998 Garcia leaves Vega Sicilia, where he has worked for 30 years

February 1999 Aalto founded, to make two wines: Aalto and, in exceptional years, a small production of PS (Pagos Seleccionados: ‘selected vineyards’)

2000 Planted 12ha in Quintanilla de Arriba, around the site for the winery

2011 First commercial launch of Zaccagnini’s Sei Solo

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