Minimum of intervention
"The eponymous 2016 Vivaltus was really impressive. I was already amazed at the unbottled sample, and the finished wine seems even better! It's a blend of Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, mostly from old vines. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and aged for around 12 months in French barriques, 20% of them new. But there's no oak in the nose, which is ethereal and perfumed, elegant and nuanced, with notes of violets, wild berries and herbs. The palate shows ultra-refined tannins and comes through as beautifully textured, with a fine, chalky minerality, very good precision, clean and focused flavors and a long, tasty finish. This is really amazing. 16,000 bottles were filled in July 2018. Prices had not yet been set, but when I first tasted it some 16 months ago, they were talking about something around US$150..."
- Robert Parker 96 points
Berries, Herbs, Minerals
Iberico, Pizza, Barbecue, Corn, Nachos
The history of VIVALTUS is closely linked to the origin of people, grapes and ideas. In those ingredients is where it all begins. That is the meaning of our continuous effort to achieve the highest quality and to create an exceptional wine that excites.
Ramón Martínez, Jesús Yllera and José Yllera: three men with a long family winemaking tradition who joined forces in the 1980s to share a challenge, in the spirit of doing something different, and better, in the Rueda region.
The Yllera family, descendants of a long winemaking family tradition. Ramón Martínez, grandson of the founder of Bodegas Berberana in La Rioja. They were united by a common project that they expanded over time, going on to make wines in other DOs and PGIs.
The dream of a second generation Today it is the brothers Marcos and Carlos Yllera who head the winery’s team, together with Ramón’s children: Beatriz, César and Montxo Martínez, the latter also an oenologist. Together, they built their passion for producing a unique, different, exciting, and timeless wine: a true icon.
In the 2010s they began their search for excellence in Ribera de Duero, one of the appellations with the greatest potential in Spain. They share this project with a renowned master: Jean-Claude Berrouet, considered by many as the finest winemaker in the world.