- The winemaking in Tomelloso occurred in the more than 2000 winery caves that were pierced by hand by the countrymen under their own houses.
Destiny, fate and some recent works in the heart of Tomelloso have allowed us to open a window to the past and reveal a hole at the bottom of the cave that the house-winery of the López Montero family housed. This family owns Bodegas Verum and ALTOSA distilleries. SA (Alcoholes Tomelloso, S.A.), among the world leaders in wine distillation and brandy aging.
In Calle Mayor 12, today Francisco García Pavón St., is the plot where the house-winery was located and where it is believed that José López de la Fuente, ancestor of the family, installed the first alembic to distill Tomelloso wine at the end of the XVIII century.
A benchmark in the history of distillate
The city is literally full of cavities underground by the more than 2000 caves that were digged in the 19th and early 20th centuries to house the wine-making and conservation cellars. These caves have not always been preserved like this one. The family wanted to protect the old clay jars still kept deep inside as the most precious legacy of the first wineries that witnessed the prosperity that wine and brandy brought to the city of Tomelloso and still does.
Pedro José López Montero, CEO of ALTOSA, was present at the works and highlighted the intangible value and heritage of these amphoras, which are part of a key moment in the history of winemaking and distillation in Spain.
Recovery of ancestral varieties and winemaking methods
From the cave that housed the house, 8 large clay amphoras have been extracted in perfect condition and after a careful cleaning process, they will be given a new location by the winemaker Elías López Montero with the aim of using them to make and age wine as part of the project for the recovery of ancestral varieties such as Tinto Velasco.