A conversation with José Maria Basconcillos
How and why did you start in the world of wine?
During all my life, I have devoted part of my little free time to the agriculture and the fields. I really learnt a lot about the fields and lands from my parents.
Moreover I have great friends at Ribera del Duero. My dream, which is shared with my family, is just to make one of the best Ribera del Duero wines.
Step by step …we are moving progressively approaching our goal.
What made you plant a vineyard at 1000 meters above sea level?
After a very intense and hard work searching for the right vineyard, I did find el Pago where nowadays we have our vineyards, the site or “paraje” known as El Alto del Cura.
A great friend of mine, and a highly experienced wine-grower told me “Jose María, this is one of the most beautiful country states in the entire Ribera…” so there was no doubt, that this site or “Paraje”, was the only place where I could fulfill my dream.
Why an organic vineyard?
I am a nature lover, only by taking real care of nature and understanding it, you can obtain a high quality and strength of taste. Our vineyard allows us to work on the field under the criteria of ecological processing. The altitude of the vineyard, the orography of the land, the difference in the day and night temperatures, the clean air and the purity of it, and of course our understanding of organic wine-growing do allow us to offer really exceptional quality and ecological products.
Please define your (working) philosophy in 3 words
Work, humbleness and sustainability.
And to be able to enjoy what you are doing in your life.
Where is the secret of your wine?
An exceptional team, lots of work, affection and respect and of course having as a top priority the fact of providing our client with the best product.
“My dream, which is shared with my family, is just to make one of the best Ribera del Duero wines”
What should a good wine transmit?
The terroir, the origin and the grape variety, the “character” of the Cellar … we want that in any moment you open one of our bottles, it just becomes a wonderful and memorable / unforgettable time.
What is the essential message of your wines?
Renewed tradition. We do respect the principles of Ribera del Duero, but we reinvent ourselves every day, just searching for excellence.
What does Domino Bascocillos adds to la Ribera del Duero? And the other way round?
Ribera del Duero adds to Dominio Basconcillos a great tradition where to build our story. On the other hand Dominio Basconcillos wants to be a breath of fresh air for Ribera del Duero. With our wines, we aim to create a positive competition in Ribera which keeps on making the level of Ribera del Duero be excellent all the time.
Where would you like to be in 5 years’ time?
With growing plans for the Cellar, among my vineyards, with my family, making happy every single person who visits us and consume our wines.