Modest and passionate about his vineyards,
Abel and his wife Maite have been making understated wines in San
Vicente since 1988.
Lying in the shadow of the Sierra Cantabria, Abel has vineyards
in the finest parts of the Alavesa. His knowledge and understanding
of the soils is enthralling and to taste in his cellar can be an
education on the effects different soils have in different
He wants only to express the fruit and the soil and unlike many
Riojans, he leaves it more or less at that. He does not want to
stamp the wines with any particular style or mark of his own other
than his respect for the very natural quality of the grapes and the
magical places that they were grown.