In a winery, the most important thing is the vineyard. We cultivate estates in La Rioja Alta, in Ollauri, Briones, Haro, Rodezno, Gimileo, Zarratón and Villalba. They are all at an altitude of between 480 and 610 metres, in clay-limestone soil that favours the acidity and finesse of the northern tempranillo.
From our land
As winemakers with a long-term vision and 36 years of experience, we want you to be sure that when you choose one of our wines, you will be sure to get it right. There is no VALENCISO 2003 or 2013 because these years did not provide the level of quality.
The vineyard is the life of the winery. A history of centuries through a topography, a soil, a climate and man. We benefit from that history to reveal it in our wine, seeking to continue and improve the work of those who came before us. We have chosen quality over quantity, reducing production to a yield of 5,000 kilos per hectare - instead of the permitted 6,500 - to encourage concentration and the richness of the grapes.
Since 2006, we have been working the vineyard following sustainable or integrated viticulture. In 2017, we took a further step, switching to organic cultivation. This is the best way of growing grapes to respect the soil, the vine and the environment. We do not use herbicides, pesticides or insecticides. This means more time, since many more hours of work are needed in the field and more risk, since the ecological struggle does not have the effectiveness of chemistry. In the end, it all adds up to more cost.
We harvest by hand as a great wine requires. This way we can make the best selection of the grapes in the vineyard. Moreover, our old vines deserve the delicate care during the harvest, which is only possible by hand. More cost.