The wines produced by Alvar de Dios Hernandez are the antithesis of the traditionally leathery, overly robust flavour profile of Toro wines. Born into a family of winemakers in the village of El Pego near the Toro DO, Alvar decided to venture outside of his hometown to learn and perfect his craft.
The young Spaniard was hired as the cellar master for Fernando Garcia at Bodegas Marañones 10 years ago in the Sierra de Gredos region. As he worked for Fernando, he split his time between Toro and the Gredos. Purchasing his first vineyards in his native DO, the terroir of the Arribes DO quickly caught Alvar’s attention. In Arribes he found a terroir reminiscent of that of Gredos – high altitude, soil infused with granitic sand and mica, as well as a wide range of highly expressive indigenous grapes.
Alvar’s wines have tremendous freshness, partly because of the altitude at which the vines grow, but also due to his winemaking style, heavily influenced by his work with Comando G. He is flipping the script on the typically gaudy flavour profile of the Toro region, instead using organic viticulture to create nuanced and delicious wines.
On his last trip to Toronto, Alvar could be found dancing on tables in and around Queen West. Also a fan of Karaoke thanks to the Comando G influence, his wines are as fresh as his singing style.