Bodega Gonzalo Beltrán – the Vito 4x4 at the grape harvest.
The Bodega Gonzalo Beltrán winery in southern Spain's Ronda stands for traditionally manufactured, high-quality organic red wine. In the mountainous hinterland of Andalusia, Auxiliadora López Beltrán relies on a Vito 4x4 from Mercedes-Benz.
Wine from an enclave in the province of Málaga.
Gonzalo Beltrán winery – family-owned since 1866.
Ronda – the birthplace of bullfighting.
|Around 100 kilometres east of the provincial capital Málaga lies Ronda, whose old town was built spectacularly on a steeply descending mountain plateau and which is only accessible by means of bridges. A 100-metre-deep gorge separates it from the new-town quarter El Mercadillo. The city is most famous for its bullfighting in Spain because it is here in the 18th and 19th centuries that the official rules of the sport were laid down. Plus, Ronda is home to one of the biggest and oldest arenas in all of Spain. Despite sitting at a high altitude, daytime temperatures here can be as high as 16 degrees Celsius during winter months. In summer, the mercury rise to 30 degrees and above. The idyllic mountainous landscape with the Sierra de las Nieves and the Sierra de Grazalema nature reserves offers the perfect backdrop for hiking enthusiasts. Plus, in the area around the city there are a number of other sights to be seen.|
Auxiliadora places great value on organic cultivation.
A noble wine – hand-picked and produced according to traditional methods.
Anyone who opts for a wine from Gonzalo Beltrán can rest assured that every single grape in it was hand-picked. And instead of chemicals, the family-run business uses ecologically compatible substances. Auxiliadora is committed to protecting nature. "That's why we adopt traditional agricultural methods," she says. In its peak phase, she only needs a maximum of ten employees. "We love our land, treat nature with respect and don't want to intervene in the ecosystem. We care for our fruits – and you can taste that."
Bodega – a Spanish natural wine cellar.
|The Spanish word "Bodega" used to refer to a storage cellar or vaulted cellar. Later the term took on another meaning: it is now also associated with "wine cellars" or "wine traders". The majority of rural Bodegas came about before the 20th century at a time when the rural population had to be self-sufficient. Appropriate cellar rooms were therefore simply carved out of the rock, often with a walled entrance partially above ground with stones and a thick layer of earth on top of it.|
Quality you can taste.
"We love our land, treat nature with respect and don't want to intervene in the ecosystem. We care for our fruits – and you can taste that."
Age-old systems collect fresh water.
Gorges, bridges and steep hillsides.
The Vito 4x4 is ideal in this mountainous area.
Auxiliadora loves her work in the vineyards.
From the vine to processing.
The Vito 4x4 transports the harvest to a nearby press house.
Vineyards near Ronda.
The vines give the dry area around Ronda a coat of green.
Auxiliadora puts her trust in the Vito 4x4.
She especially likes the van's versatility.
Quality right down to the last drop.
When it comes to wine, Auxiliadora leaves nothing to chance.
More links to discover:
Bodega Gonzalo Beltrán - www.bodegagonzalobeltran.com, @Facebook