Germán Blanco (Casa Aurora)

  • Bierzo, Spain
Germán Blanco (Casa Aurora)

Casa Aurora is German Blanco's homage to his great-grandmother, one of the first female miners in Spain, who raised him in Albares de la Ribera, a small village in Leon. 

Here, in a tiny hamlet just outside the Bierzo DO, German makes pure wines from micro-vineyards that dot the landscape, and are usually planted with very old vines of a variety of different grapes: Palomino, Mencia, Tintorera, Merenzao, Godello, Garnacha... The high-altitude and the iron-rich clay soils of the area gives these mountain wines a great balance between a soft mouthfeel and firm tannins.  There is also a fair amount of granitic rocks in the terroir, and these are probably responsible for the floral, distinctive aromas of the wines.  


His line-up consists of a few single-vineyard labeled wines, as well as regional ones, and the production - under 10.000 bottles - comes from a mix of purchased fruit as well as from owned vineyards.  He farms organically and the wines, made in a tiny cellar as charming as his labels, are made from spontaneous fermentations in a variety of vessels, including amphorae, old foudres, and tanks.

For more about this talented winemaker, visit the Quinta Milú and La Bicicleta Voldadora pages.

 

BOWLER E-Zine Issue 1 | Q4 2020: Germán Blanco (Milú, Bicicleta) on his Bierzo Winery, Casa Aurora

 

 

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB9410-21
Organic
JG:92+
Germán Blanco (Casa Aurora) Vino de Pueblo, Clos Pepin (Albares, Bierzo Alto)
2021
This wine is sourced from several different vineyards all around Albares in Bierzo Alto, where the Aurora project is centered; like its... Spain

DB4362-21
Organic
JG:92+
Germán Blanco (Casa Aurora) Vino de Pueblo, La Nave (Albares, Bierzo Alto)
2021
Mencia
90% Mencia 10% Garnacha Tintorera and Palomino from about 50 year old vines in mostly clay soils.  Grapes are destemmed and fermented in...
Spain

DB1730-20
Organic
Germán Blanco (Casa Aurora) Poula (Bierzo Alto)
2020
Poula means "abandoned" and has become a tribute to the "drinking" wine the locals have always produced. A wine with a lot of white grapes... Spain