While the classification of sites in Ribera del Duero is in its infancy, one can glean a village's reputation by who grows grapes in the neighborhood. La Horra, with its 300 inhabitants, and located near the headwaters of a tiny, seasonal tributary of the Duero would not arouse the attention of most travelers. Yet to the seasoned eyes of Mariano Garcia, Peter Sisseck and Eric Solomon, this village, surrounded by chalky soils– locally known as Creta– looks like an ideal spot to grow grapes.
Creta is made at Bodegas Neo located near the village of La Horra. The grapes are picked by hand and transported a short distance to the cellar where they are sorted and destemmed. Fermentation is done in tank and the wine ages for 4-5 months in a combination of French and American oak.