“If we had to choose one word to define La Rioja, it would be 'diversity'. The terrain, the type of wind, the color of the soil... Each meter, each hop from one village to the next, is a change in the landscape. If we drew a straight line on a map we would note that there are only 60 miles from the westernmost to the easternmost part of La Rioja. To the north, the Sierra de Cantabria. To the south, the Sierra de la Demanda. And crossing it from west to east, the River Ebro. That is La Rioja, a great valley that lies protected between two mountain ranges.”

- Rafael Vivanco


TERRIOR | RIOJA ALTA


ALESÓN

This is a unique terroir in Rioja Alta, located about 15 miles south of Briones. The proximity to the Sierra de la Demanda at just under 1,900 feet above sea level, making it a vineyard close to the altitudinal limit. Only grape varieties like Tempranillo (with less need for light and warmth to ripen) adapt perfectly to this place. Here, we grow it in our Finca San Antón, a vineyard with loose, stony soils facing southeast.

Grape Varieties Grown: 
Tempranillo (Red)


BADARÁN

We remain in Rioja Alta, but this time we're going south towards the Sierra de la Demanda. We climb in altitude again above 2,000 feet. An area on the altitudinal limit for wine grapes with very mild summers and cold, rigorous winters. Here, the soils are reddish — due to their high iron content — and very poor. An ideal place to grow a grape variety like Maturana Tinta, which is not very fond of excesses, with two small plots facing south.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Maturana Tinta (Red)


BRIONES

Briones is one of the most demanding terroirs here we are in Rioja Alta. At a respectable altitude, of about 1,600 feet, winds blow vigorously from the Bay of Biscay bringing moisture, rain... in short, freshness. The soils are very different – stony, loose, yellow limestone, and red clay soils are all present. Briones is the realm of our Tempranillo. A delicate grape variety that does not want too much sun, but not too much cold either. We call it The Damsel, because it is so capricious. You only find those fruity, fine, elegant aromas of Tempranillo in places like this. I also work with one of our native grape varieties, Maturana Tinta. This grape also shuns extremes and prefers everything to take place at a slower pace, and why it adapts so well to Briones. This region is also a special terroir for white grape varieties like Viura, Malvasía and Tempranillo Blanco – because of the freshness that makes these grapes ripen slowly. 

Grape Varieties Grown:
Tempranillo & Maturana Tinta (Red)
Viura, Malvasía & Tempranillo Blanco (White)


SAN VICENTE

San Vicente and Briones are separated by the River Ebro and climb up towards the Sierra de Cantabria. The higher the altitude, the greater the freshness, and the slower the ripening. Our vineyard is located high over the Ebro, in a place known as El Bosque. Here we grow Tempranillo and Garnacha Blanca. Our San Vicente vineyard is a south-facing plot with great potential.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Tempranillo (Red)
Garnacha Blanca (White)


TERROIR | Rioja Centro


ALBERITE

Another terroir close to Logroño, adjacent to Villamediana. Again, the altitude is lower than in Rioja Alta (1,450 feet) and the climate, more continental and less humid. Stonier soils, as the river Iregua crosses the municipality from north to south and, again, with little organic matter. Here we grow one of the most complex varieties in Rioja, Mazuelo. It is a very rustic grape, which needs many hours of sunlight to ripen and achieve it’s full potential.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Mazuelo (Red)


AGONCILLO

Agoncillo is located east of Villamediana and Alberite, but still close to Logroño (about 7 miles). Agoncillo is over 300 feet lower in altitude than the other terroirs in Central Rioja at 1,100 ft. Consequently there is more heat, less rain and a greater influence of Continental and Mediterranean climates. The soil is still red and poor, which makes it an ideal soil for growing Mazuelo.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Mazuelo (Red)


VILLAMEDIANA

Villadmediana is located just 5 miles from Logroño and about 25 from Briones. With the altitude around 1,400 feet winds are milder, coming from the interior, and are less humid. Therefore it’s warmer with less rain than in any of the terroirs of Rioja Alta. Two plots of poor, reddish soils facing south are where we grow Graciano and Garnacha because of their great adaptability.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Graciano & Garnacha Tinta (Red)


TERROIR | Rioja Oriental


TUDELILLA

In the part closest to the village, the most northern, at an altitude of 1,750 feet, it’s 600 feet  above the average altitude for the area, Graciano and Garnacha grapes are grown in our Finca La Noguera. This vineyard benefits from the long, bright days, ideal for these grape varieties. However, the further south we go, the closer we are to Sierra de Carbonera, which rises another 656 feet. There, at an altitude of 2,296 feet, is one of the highest vineyards in the wine region, where we grow native grape varieties of Rioja, Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca — achieving an excellent balance between maturity and freshness.

Grape Varieties Grown:
Graciano & Garnacha Tinta (Red)
Tempranillo Blanco & Maturana Blanca (White)