Tesalia spring from the conviction that the things that really
Matter start with a dream and are the fruit of the persistence, patience and professionalism.
Every great brand has a memorable story behind it. Ours is the story of a family that had the dream of making a wine in the mountains of Cádiz so that the world could also enjoy the fruit of that wonderful land.
A WINE TOUCHED BY THE BREEZE OF TWO SEAS
Full of character, proud of a terroir in the Andalusian mountain range, bathed by the aromas of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic sea, but also with an unmistakable British touch, impeccable in its workmanship and with elegance as it’s flag..
AN ARTWORK MADE FROM THE HEART
A wine that will become a masterpiece – excellent and wonderful in every detail – but, above all, a wine that is an irresistible temptation for those who taste it, turning any gathering into an unforgettable event.
We searched for and found the best national and international talent, A team, whose quest was to yield the finest quality from every vineyard and variety. Every step was carefully measured until We found the treasure that had so beguiled us.
THE VISION: THE JEWEL OF THE SOUTH
From the beginning our goal was to make something special, a wine that could put Andalusia on the world map of the great red wines.
When finally and after years of hard effort we found that treasure, we understood that the jewel of the south was inside our hearts: The wine We crafted was the fruit of our own passion for authenticity and a true labour of love.
ABOUT US: SOME ENGLISHMEN IN CADIZ
This is a love story, the love of the Golding family, some crazy and romantic Englishmen captivated by a virgin land in a small place in the south of Spain. Captivated by its beauty and its possibilities, they decided that this was the perfect place to make a wine for those who tried it could also take a piece of that land in their hearts.
Passionate about marketing, after occupying first executive positions and as a consultant in several multinational companies, his dream and greatest personal challenge is to discover to the world the charms of the mountains of Cadiz through exceptional wines made with the heart, wines that are the mirror of that wonderful land that once captivated his entire family and became his foster home.
The place that captivated us and set our dreams into motion is located in the foothills of the Grazalema range, close to the historic village of Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). For many centuries, Arcos was a strategic town coveted for its privileged location. Its name originates from Roman times when it was founded as Arx-Arcis (the high fortress).
THE ESTATE: A MOUNTAIN RANGE BETWEEN TWO SEAS
The Tesalia Estate stands on 106 hectares against the backdrop of the iconic town of Arcos de la Frontera and the Grazalema mountains. Of the 22 hectares dedicated to the winery, 11 hectares are under vine, a further 30 hectares are dedicated to the horse breeding and competition area, and the rest is farmland.
The vineyards are planted on the slightly ondulating, north-facing sloope. The land is classic Andalusian terrain: clay soils lying above a subsoil of chalk. Scarcely fertile country, but ideal for Petit Verdot and Tintilla de Rota, and other varieties such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The climate at the Tesalia Estate is warm and sunny, tempered by the influences of the Grazalema mountain range, the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans, the water mass from huge local reservoirs. Here, craftsmanship in the vineyard balances aeration and shade on gentle north facing slopes helped by cool air of the mountain and the sea breezes.
With an average annual temperature of 17.3ºc, between 600 and 700 mm of rain falls predominantly in winter. These characteristics create ripening conditions ideal for varieties such as Petit Verdot and the indigenous Tintilla de Rota.
Controlled irrigation is used when necessary to alleviate stressed vines and maximise the quality of our grapes. Leaf pulling and cluster thinning are important steps in aiding the ripening of the grapes.
All grapes are hand-harvested at night and all 10 vineyard blocks vinified separately, then blended for added complexity. There is no set formula – the blends depend on the vintage. Even sections within a vineyard are monitored according to the acid/pH levels, natural sugar levels and flavour of the grapes, which are often picked over a two-week period to optimise ripeness and quality.
Extensive soil research led to the use of particular rootstocks and clones of both indigenous and international varieties, such as Petit Verdot and Tintilla de Rota. Other varieties planted are Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
WINEMAKING: WINE FIRST
Clusters are carefully selected in the vineyard, and upon arrival at the winery the grapes are displayed on tables for further selection.
Controlled fermentation and extended aging in mainly new French barrels contribute to complexity and balance. Each variety reaches the wooden or stainless steel fermentation deposits by gravity.
After pressing, selected french oak barrels are used to ensure optimum development and blending.
Time spent barrels is decided on an individual basis by taste testing. The wine is then clarifyed and bottled.