Bodegas Manzanos, Spain
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.
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.
Borja Ripa and Victor Fernandez de Manzanos control the winemaking and influence the modern, fresh and vibrant Manzanos style at their state of the art vinification facilities. They own the oldest winery within the appellation, located in Haro and a contemporary winery in Azagra, both using gravity flow systems to avoid over-handling of the juice. Fermentation is carried out in a variety of fermentation vessels which adds complexity to their wines, temperature controlled to retain fruit purity and meticulously aged in a combination of French and American oak.
- Finca Manzanos and Voché exemplify Rioja Oriental’s distinct character with a more Mediterranean climate, lower rainfall, higher average temperatures and reliable ripening.
- With Castillo de Enériz and 1864 Castillo de Olite ranges, winemaker Borja produces some definitively Navarran wines, from nearly 600ha of vines in the region.
- They also produce single varietal Vino de Espana wines under the Pegaso range, which pays tribute to their trusty old Pegaso Comet truck that has transported wine around since the 70's.
Award: Jancis Robinson 17 Points