On the border between Rioja and Navarra,
Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before
him. Adding in significant amounts of ambition and energy, he is at
the forefront of the new Rioja and Navarra wine - championing a
modern interpretation of its varieties through his wines.
Vino de España
Bodegas Manzanos have stretched their legs to some of the best
vineyard sites in Northern Spain to launch the Pegaso range, a
tribute to their trusty old Pegaso Comet truck that has ferrying
wine around since the 70's. These single varietal wines offer
incredible value and drinkability.
As a grower, Victor is keen to prove that Rioja Baja has its own
distinct character and should not be judged as inferior to Rioja
Alta or Alavesa - just different. With over 250ha of owned
vineyards at his disposal, including what he claims to be the
oldest Graciano vines in the world, Victor and the team at Manzanos
are fortunately placed to put both the sub-region and the name
Manzanos firmly on the map of the most important producers in
The family cultivates the traditional varietals of Rioja -
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura - and craft
wines with a real sense of place and authenticity.
The vines are planted on clay-limestone soil, at an average
height of 400m. The extreme climate, wet and cold winters combined
with dry hot summers, offer the perfect conditions for the
production of great wines.
- Castillo de Enériz
- 1864 Castillo de Olite
Borja, the winemaker, has considerable access to vineyards in
the unhospitable Baja Montana, which thrive in the mountainous
scrub. Creating wine that is prized and cherished, from old vines
growing on poor chalk and limestone soils which give wild berry and
cassis flavours to the reds; and it is this that Borja exploits to
produce some really characterful and decidedly Navarran wine.