Meet Your Makers: Bosque de Matasnos

The “Wild West” of Ribera del Duero? It does exist.

Hike up to the forest vineyard of Bosque de Matasnos and you’ll find cold winds coming from the North, harsh frosts in the Spring, wild boar oinking and chomping throughout the backyard … and a rustic cabin housing entrepreneurial winemaker Jaime Postigo. Working with nature while it’s working against him, Jaime has lovingly tended his grapes like a brave frontiersman for the past seven years.

Grape-loving birds. Root-eating mice. Leaf-loving deer. Everything-eating wild boar. Aggressive insects and a forest that never stops creeping towards his vines. Postigo’s grapes are in the middle of it all, but rather than opt for chemicals and pesticides, Jaime controls nature with nature.

It’s bold. It’s romantic. It’s gutsy. And the wine? It tastes that way, too.

“In Spain, it is rare to find a big forest,” says Postigo, “and the forest is absolutely an influence because we are at an extreme elevation.” The unusually high elevation of Bosque de Matasnos and the common 20-degree Celsius temperature swing (huge temperature swings) at night makes for a very different tasting wine. “The principal difference is how fresh the wine is,” he says. “We have a high level of alcohol, but it is really easy to drink because we are still keeping with acidity.”

Another factor to deal with in the forest? Wildlife. Did we mention the wildlife??

Grape-loving birds. Root-eating mice. Leaf-loving deer. Everything-eating wild boar. Aggressive insects and a forest that never stops creeping towards his vines. Postigo’s grapes are in the middle of it all, but rather than opt for chemicals and pesticides, Jaime controls nature with nature.

“The problem was that 15 years ago, since the agriculture concept changed, most people in Spain (and all of Europe) started to use many pesticides and biosynthetic products. We are working to not fight against everything that lives here. We are reintroducing eagles, in collaboration with a foundation, just to give them the chance to return and naturally fight against the mice and birds.” Similarly, Postigo is using a herd of sheep to control the creeping forest. He is using his appetite to help control the boar. It’s muy delicioso, by the way, and pairs quite well with his vino.

Jaime likens his reds to American football or driving a Harley Davidson for the first time: ‘It has strong character… classic, but fast and fashionable with nerve, power, and beauty.’

Postigo’s wine is bold, beautiful and complex after surviving the temperatures, elevation and wildlife. Jaime likens his reds to American football or driving a Harley Davidson for the first time: “It has strong character… classic, but fast and fashionable with nerve, power, and beauty.”

Wine from Bosque de Matasnos is now now available in the U.S. – beyond just being delicious wine, now you’ve got a story to tell with it. We’ll do you one better: Bring a bottle of Bosque de Matasnos to the snootiest of your wine snoot friends or relatives, and ask them when the last time they tasted a forest wine where the winemaker deployed eagles on purpose. Now that’s a conversation starter.

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