Finca Sandoval was founded in 1998 by Víctor de la Serna – writer, critic and editor of El Mundo – and winemaker Rafael Orozco. They saw the potential of the high altitude, limestone-rich soils around Cuenca in Manchuela. The project has been on our radar for some time, but our interest was piqued again when Javi Revert – who makes vibrant, terroir-transparent wines in his native Valencia – came on board as winemaker. There is a rich farming tradition in this biodiverse landscape, which rises from 750 to 1000 metres above sea level on the meseta (central plateau) of Spain. You can still find 80-year-old vineyards planted with traditional local varieties, interspersed with olive trees and cereal crops. Víctor and Rafael planted Syrah and Touriga Nacional - all certified organic - as well as leasing old vine plots of Bobal, Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera and Moravia Agria across the region. In their small, functional winery they work in a modern way, learning from the past to make modern wines with a traditional soul. We’re excited to see how this project develops with Javi at the helm.