D.O. Rioja, Spain
Founded in 1877, López de Heredia stands out as one of the few worldwide wineries that respect and adheres to core principles taught by their ancestors.
“Perhaps no winery in the world guards its traditions as proudly and steadfastly as López de Heredia does,…it is paradoxically a winery in the vanguard, its viticulture and wine-making a shining, visionary example for young, forward-thinking producers all over the world…At López de Heredia, there is serenity that comes with adherence to core principles…” The New York Times, August 12th, 2009 by Eric Asimov
There are few wineries in Spain or in the world, whose name conjures the heritage and prestige evoked by R. López de Heredia. Little about this winery has changed in the 137 years since its founding by Don Rafael López de Heredia. The family adheres to a winemaking doctrine blueprinted in the 1880’s - to make wine only from their own vineyards.
Fermentation takes place in their 72 large oak vats, some of which are 139 years old. After fermentation, the wines are ready to be aged in 14,000 hand made American oak barrels. The wines will remain at R. López de Heredias’ underground cellars, stored at perfect temperature and tranquility, for a minimum of 3 to 10 years. Wines acquire their smoothness and bouquet during the bottle aging that follows, a minimum of 3 years for Crianzas and 10 years for Gran Reserva wines.
López de Heredia define themselves as Vine Makers. Their wine names are their vineyard names, 100% estate, single vineyard wines. López de Heredia wants to let you experience and enjoy their “terroir” and soul:
THE VINEYARD TONDONIA - Don Rafael López de Heredia acquired Viña Tondonia from a group of clergy in 1913. The Tondonia vineyard is a beautiful vineyard of over 247 acres, 1,600 feet above sea level, situated on the right bank of the Ebro River in Rioja Alta. The soil is alluvial clay with a high concentration of limestone. There are 4 varieties of red grapes planted in this vineyard: Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacho.
The Tondonia vineyard also has a few acres of white grapes: Viura and Malvasia, planted in the whitest soils, from which R. López de Heredia makes their Tondonia Blanco. This small section of the vineyard is widely regardedas some of the most definitive "terroir" for white Rioja.
THE VINEYARD BOSCONIA - The vineyard “El Bosque” is situated beside the Ebro River, with a height of 1,527 feet above sea level, it is less than a mile from the winery. The soil is clay and limestone, with an average vine age of 40 years. It has a total of 37 acres: Tempranillo, red Garnacho, Mazuelo and Graciano. Originally, the founder, due to his French influence, gave the wines names inspired by French wines. Viña Bosconia comes from a Burgundy-style wine that he used to make with a high percentage of Pinot Noir, and which he called “Rioja Cepa Borgoña”.
THE VINEYARD CUBILLAS - The Viña Cubillo wine comes from the vineyard “Cubillas”, which is 2 miles away from the winery. It's height is 1,348 feet above sea level and the vines have an average age of 40 years. The soil is from the terciaria age, composed of clay and limestone. The surface is 59 acres: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Mazuelo and Graciano. Historically the wines from that vineyard were called "Special Harvest".
THE VINEYARD ZACONIA - Viña Gravonia wine comes from our vineyard called “Viña Zaconia”. The vineyard is 0.12 miles from the winery and close to the Ebro River. It's height is 1,116 feet above sea level and the average age of the vines is 45 years. The soil is stony, the roots of the vines go deep and ensure very balanced, ripe grapes. Viña Zaconia has a surface of 59 acres: all of them Viura grape. Historically the wines coming from that vineyard were called Viña Zaconia.