Alvar was born and raised in the village of El Pego near the southern boundary of the D.O. of Toro. His family had tended vineyards in the village for generations but Alvar didn’t stay in Toro to learn his trade, rather he fell in with a pair of vinous rebels working in the Sierra de Gredos – Fernando Garcia and Dani Landi. While working as the cellar master for Fernando at Bodegas Marañones, Alvar began acquiring vineyards of his own in and around his native D.O., splitting his time between the Gredos and Toro.
From the outset, Alvar wanted to create a very different Toro wine.
Thoroughly rejecting the almost gaudy proﬁle now associated with Toro wines, Alvar has turned tradition on its ear by converting his vineyards to organic viticulture, then spent three years experimenting with his wines to produce a style that is refreshingly acidic, with aromatic depth, ﬁnesse and outstanding balance.
“Groundbreaking Toro!” Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate