In the small town of Quintanilla de Onésimo, a stone’s throw away from the famed Dominio de Pingus and on the golden mile of Ribera del Duero, you can find the exciting project of Pico Cuadro. The winery, which was founded by Felipe Castrillo in 2005, and who to this day continues to be the winemaker, has quickly become an important member of the renowned golden stretch.
Pico Cuadro was born in a garage in front of Felipe’s family home. Since then, the footprint has expanded but the garage continues to be a part of the winery as a reminder of the winery’s humble beginnings. With this growth, Felipe welcomed a group of friends as partners, which include Oscar Garrote, Diego Álvarez and a group of Swedish friends.
The focus of Pico Cuadro is to make old vine Tempranillo wines from small parcels of some of the most entrenched zones in Ribera del Duero. The wines of Pico Cuadro are elegant and balanced which makes them great choices to accompany a meal.
It would be unfair to say that we have a favorite Pico Cuadro wine, as each of their wines fits different occasions. If you are looking for an everyday wine, Wild, the youngest of their wines is one to consider. It pairs well with most foods but it’s also a great one to enjoy by itself at the end of a long day. Their Vendimia Seleccionada, made from vines averaging 70 years, might be the wine that most accurately reflects the winery. It is made by selecting the best fruit from old vines in some of the most important regions of Ribera del Duero. Viña el Chorro, a small vineyard planted in 1943, is also the namesake of their single vineyard wine. Planted at 880 meters above sea level, this 80 year old vineyard is producing wines with bright acidity and elegant fruit notes that can be drank now or cellared for years to come.
We are fortunate to be able to call the team at Pico Cuadro friends, and hope that when you experience their wines, you can appreciate their commitment to making elegant wines that reflect the heritage rich terroir of Ribera del Duero.