Julián Ruiz comes from La Mancha, from the organic farm Bruno Ruiz. He is a man of a cast.
Julián is a Don Quixote, a dreamer, a man of principle. In his own words, he is “just a farmer”. We have no objection. A farmer, but an artist in the country, in the field, on the land.
He makes his wines with his own hands, with the sun and with his heart. He continues the tradition of our ancestors who only worked with their hands. From sunrise to sunset. Without much tinkering, but with purity and honesty, simply put: with great art.
The winemaker uses magical vineyards that are up to 140 years old. They are certainly one of the few real vines in Europe from before phylloxera. There are classic varietals such as Airén and Tempranillo, and unique grapes such as Tinto Velasco. Their flavors transport you to one ofthe toughest but also most authentic regions of the Iberian Peninsula. These are certain moments of pleasure that you have never experienced before.
In any case, what a dream it is to experience his vineyards and fields for a few days at the side of Julian. There is black garlic that grows next to the vines and Julián ferments according to centuries-old (Japanese) techniques. In addition, typical, regional aromatic plants dry in the rooms of a 150-year-old wine cellar, in front of an old, run-down train station. The trains to France once started from here, loaded with grapes from La Mancha.
We live in a different time here, in which a man like Julián is still moving through today, and the more he talks about his projects and his dreams, the quicker you bring him to your heart. And
before you neglect yourself, you hang on to your dreams, in broad daylight.