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Bodegas Manzanos, Spain

On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before him.

With over 250ha of owned vineyards at his disposal, including some of the oldest vines in Rioja, Bodegas Manzanos is fortunately placed to put both the sub-region of Rioja Oriental and the name Manzanos firmly on the map as one of the most important areas and producers in Rioja. This range of wines is a modern take on the traditional landscape of Rioja, championing the native grape varieties, Tempranillo, Viura and Garnacha. The team is the youngest in the region, a talented a group of people with the sole purpose of making wines that people will enjoy.

Viticulture

300ha of vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soil at an average height of 400m above sea level. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, coupled with the extreme climate, offer the perfect conditions for the production of great wines. Grapes are all hand-picked in early October.

Winemaking

The winery is modern, and has a gravity flow system to reduce the need for pumping.

Highlights
  • Pegaso, 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.
  • Finca Manzanos and Voché prove that Rioja Baja has its own distinct character and should not be judged as inferior to Rioja Alta or Alavesa - just different.
  • Castillo de Enériz and 1864 Castillo de Olite are giving winemaker Borja the opportunity to produce some really characterful and decidedly Navarran wine.