PORTFOLIO : SPAIN : RIOJA ALAVESA

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The winery sits among a sea of vineyards in the small town of BaƱos de Ebro, in the Rioja Alavesa. Rooted in hundred-year-old vines that were planted at the beginning of the 20th century. Limited production is the rule on the 50 acres of vineyards, 80% of which is Tempranillo, 10% Viura, 5% Graciano and the remaining 5% is shared among varieties such as Mazuelo, Grenache and Malvasia. These wines are destined for ageing, matured in Bordeaux barrels of which 60% are American oak and 40% French oak.

 

ABOUT RIOJA ALAVESA

 

 

about rioja alavesa

 

 

 

 

Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, Spain. It is situated to the north of the River Ebro. The ash-colored Cantabrian mountains dominate the landscape here, towering over the zone to the north. It is the closest of the three sub-zones to the Atlantic Ocean and thus the one most influenced by its cooling effects. The soil on the slopes and terraces where the vines are grown is rich in chalky clay and limestone, resulting in wines that are characterful and rich in extract. Annual rainfall is 20 inches on average, which forces the roots to burrow deep into the soil in search of water.

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