Located at Cenicero, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, the vineyards of Consejo de la Alta are flanked by the Najerilla and Ebro rivers and the Sierra de Moncalvillo Mountains. These natural phenomena, and the vineyards’ unique soils and microclimate, make it a very special area for growing quality grapes, and one of the premium sites in the whole of the Rioja Alta region.
The winery owns 140 ha of vineyards which are planted with carefully selected old vines. Practically all of the fruit harvested is Tempranillo, with small amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo – both indigenous Spanish varietals. The winery upholds a strict set of principles to ensure quality grapes are produced in the vineyard. These principles are then also transferred into the vinification process.
- Choice plots and old vines farmed with a great respect for the environment.
- Quality harvesting, paying particular attention to gentle transportation and treatment of the grapes.
- Good oenological practices with temperature controlled fermentation facilities and a continuous pump over system that allows maximum extraction of colour and body.
The quality French and American oak used in the 2500 casks is the root of producing quality Rioja as is a sympathetic approach to ageing. The key is a perfect balance between the natural fruit of the wine and the elegance and complexity added by the oak.