Tierra de León is one of the youngest of the DOs of Castilla y León. The DO is located to the south of the Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range and in the southern part of the province of León. Two rivers meet here – the Esla and the Cea - as they make their way south to the Duero.

Winemaking has a long heritage in the region. It became significant in the 10th century when the monasteries were established and they developed vineyards to meet local demand from pilgrims passing through on El Camino de Santiago.

Moving to far more recent significant events, in the mid 1980s a group of producers made the first moves towards gaining quality recognition for the region and they decided to champion the local red grape Prieto Pecudo as the most interesting aspect of the wines that are made here.

Prieto Pecudo, along with other quality red varieties, thrives in the continental climate of this high lying region. An average of 2,700 hours of annual sunshine favours uniform ripeness across the DO and rainfall is generally evenly distributed over the growing period so irrigation is not usually required.

One of Spain’s most interesting indigenous varieties, Prieto Pecudo has small compact bunches and it is particularly resistant to drought. The grape is aromatic with fleshy bright fruit and good acidity making it suitable for young and aged reds as well as rosés. Prieto Pecudo is often partnered with Mencía in blends, indeed the DO’s winemaking regulations stipulate that rosé and red wines must contain 60% of Prieto Pecudo or Mencía.