Bodegas Arrocal – Casa Lebai
In the oldest family document found to date, it can be read, “In the Villa de Gumiel de Mercado on the twenty-sixth day of the month of February, one thousand seven hundred and eighty.” Figures the capitulation after the marriage of Cathalina de Abajo and Alejo Ruiz, both located in line with the ninth generation of relatives of Rodrigo and Asier, dedicated to the viticulture of Gumiel de Mercado. Where a vineyard is reflected in the area of Las Parras in Gumiel de Mercado with six hundred vines. In addition to a foudre with its floor and entry into the cave, they call the Olma a capacity of two thousand and eighty liters.
CASA LEBAI is the most personal project of Rodrigo and Asier Calvo. With Asier’s return in 2015 after making wine in Oregon (Bodegas Abacela) and finishing his studies in oenology, together with Rodrigo he assumes the technical direction of the Family Winery, they carry out a deep study of the area for classification of the vineyard by clones, zones, soils and orientation, with which the concern to try to express the typicity of each place begins and all this gives rise to that word that is so popular at home “THE ZONING” from the Gumiel de Mercado vineyard.
Of the 32 own estates of the family vineyard, three are chosen for their age, soil typicity and behavior in vinification, each one has a character and personality that makes them different from the rest, with production methods that try to imitate what that relatives did at the beginning of the 19th century.
In the 2019 vintage, CASA LEBAI was born, with the main objective of preserving the wine heritage in Gumiel de Mercado, as the project progresses it moves to a second level, also covering the recovery of family historical documents (currently reaching up to 9th generation with wine links) and conservation of historical presses and cellars from the 13th-14th century.
- Appellation: Gumiel de Mercados, Burgos
- Owner: Rodrigo & Asier Calvo Bros
- Winemaker: Rodrigo & Asier Calvo Bros
- Varieties Grown: Albillo Mayor
- Age of Vines: 50 hectares
- Altitude: 830 m
- Farming Methods: Practicing Organic