• The care of the vines

    We want to share a master class by our colleague Fernando on the work he does in our vineyards in order to obtain the maximum quality in them.

    • Balanced winter pruning, leaving 5-6 spurs per vine with two frank canes per spur, which guarantees a balanced production in each vine as well as an optimal distribution of the fruit that favors the separation between the bunches ensuring optimal ripening of the grapes. We carry out this operation late in March to avoid spring frosts as much as possible.
    • Pruning or green pruning allows us to correct winter pruning errors and eliminate “suckers” (buds that do not come out of the spur, come out of the trunk or arms) that compete with our grape producing buds. This way we guarantee a homogeneous maturation of the vines. This operation is carried out in the months of June and July.
    • Basal leaf removal of the vine to present well ventilated bunches with optimal solar lighting. This guarantees more optimal conditions to avoid pests and diseases. Operation that we carry out at the beginning of August.
    • Grape thinning only carried out the necessary years to guarantee a good balance between fruit and vegetation and thus obtain a complete ripening of the grape. This operation would be carried out the second half of August, when the grapes are finishing ripening.

    Mechanical and manual harvest after an exhaustive monitoring of maturation to determine the optimal harvest time.

  • James Suckling has given 93 points to Valdelacierva wine.

    93 puntos valdelacierva reserva por james suckling

    Valdelacierva Reserva, one of the last wines incorporated into the range of wines, has managed to obtain a place on the podium of the best Spanish wines rated by the American wine critic, James Suckling.

    Valdelacierva Reserva has been chosen by one of the most influential critics in the American wine market in his annual tasting of Spanish wines.

    James suckling has given 93 points to Valdelacierva Reserva 2016. This wine adds another award and another example of good wine from Rioja, and it keeps getting awards and good reviews among the experts in the world of wine.

    Another wine from Riojana’s winery that has obtained an excellent score of 91 points is Valdelacierva crianza.

    The excellent work of the enologist Emma Villajos in Valdelacierva winery has only one formula: quality, excellence and teamwork.

  • An appointment in Canada, a new opportunity for Valdelacierva Reserva

    The Canadian monopoly offers in its latest issue of its magazine “Vintages” a European wine special. How could it be otherwise, it makes a tour of the most recognized areas of the world of wine such as Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhone, Porto and with a very special stop in La Rioja. The magazine itself recognizes that Europe is home to many of the best wines as well as the most special regions for producing them. It highlights that it is the area where winemaking began and that it is now at a time where the variety and styles of wines continue to have the best wine collections to choose from. This month and on the occasion of this special, it introduces Valdelacierva Reserva 2014 as the only novelty in Rioja. A wine that highlights “impressive structure, with good tannins and balsamic acidity, in addition to offering flavors of plum and fig, with notes of well-rounded cocoa that makes it ideal to drink from now until 2030 ”.

    Emma Villajos, winemaker at Bodegas Valdelacierva comments: “This good news gives a breather to the difficult situation the wine sector is going through, which finds a very marked break in most of the reference sales markets. Being the only wine introduced into the Canadian Monopoly helps us to continue working along the same lines of quality and with the hope that together we can continue to make the Rioja brand throughout the world. ”

  • The new image of Viña Gormaz, a benchmark in international design

    • “Packaging of the world”, one of the most important websites in the design industry selects the project of one of the wines from Hispanobodegas
    • The label represents the composition of the strata, levels and heights of the different plots of the winery in San Esteban.

    Viña Gormaz, one of the wine range of Hispanobodegas, with wineries in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rueda, launches an image that reflects the types of soil where the Tempranillo and Verdejo varieties are collected. This concept has attracted the attention of the prestigious website “Packaging of the world” as an example of design in its European wine category. This new success of Hispanobodegas, joins the work of transformation and changes that the company has been carrying out for years and that involves not only a new design of the labels, but also a big investment in the wineries and a new work philosophy based on the value. “Packaging of the world”, with more than a thousand daily visits has selected for the first time a wine from Ribera del Duero to highlight the Spanish and European wine sections.

    The Marketing department of the winery and Pablo Guerrero Studio have worked together to create the Viña Gormaz brand concept. In this new design, the interpretation of the soil strata plays a predominant and main role. Through icons assigned to each type of soil, Viña Gormaz expresses a set of textures and sizes that identifies each wine with the different types of terroir of the vineyard from which it comes. In a daring and minimalist design, the sandy, clays, stony lands are mixed… to become the best wines of Soria. The concept of the terroir is valued in Viña Gormaz with the identity, character and expression of the queen variety, Tinta del País (Tempranillo), in this area.

    Viña Gormaz, the details of the label

    The new labels of Viña Gormaz Young, Roble, Crianza and Verdejo have in common a design in relief, which trough the sense of touch emphasizes the characteristics of the soils of the vineyards where they come from. The Young is distinguished by sand and silt, which reflect the character of the tempranillo expressed in the terroir. The Roble, thanks to the mixture of clay and sand with a low amount of silt is the ideal combination for the development of the vineyard with this variety.  The elegance and structure of the Crianza is reflected in a black background which highlights the sum of sand, clay, rolling stones, minerals and multiple factors that enhance the aromas and the character of this Tempranillo with very low yields.

    The Viña Gormaz family is completed with a white wine from D.O. Rueda produced by Bodegas GarciGrande (also part of Hispanobodegas). The image is inspired by the characteristics of the Verdejo variety, as well as the composition of silt and clay bottoms soils that give rise to this fragrant wine with a varietal character typical from its area.

     

  • The new image of Viña Gormaz: the essence of the soil

    Viña Gormaz, one of the brands part of the Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz family, from the D.O. Ribera del Duero, launches a new image that represents two significant differences in the province of  Soria, which are the altitude and the composition of the soil.  With this change, the winery highlights the differential value of the territory by indicating the differences in comparison with other zones: the altitude of the vineyards, the typicity and the composition of the soils, as well as the traditional working production in the land based on the age and the cultivation characteristics of the vineyards.

    The Marketing department of the winery and Pablo Guerrero Studio have worked together to create the Viña Gormaz brand concept. In this new design, the interpretation of the soil strata plays a predominant and main role. Through icons assigned to each type of soil, Viña Gormaz expresses a set of textures and sizes that identifies each wine with the different types of terroir of the vineyard from which it comes. In a daring and minimalist design, the sandy, clays, stony lands are mixed… to become the best wines of Soria. The concept of the terroir is valued in Viña Gormaz with the identity, character and expression of the queen variety, Tinta del País (Tempranillo), in this area.

    “The labelling system takes its creative inspiration from the visualisation of the different types of soils (or strata) where the wines grow: Sand, Silt, Clay, and Pebbles. The combination of the icons assigned to these mineral elements gives each wine a differentiated graphical profile: technical information expressed with an aesthetic purpose.”– expresses the designer Pablo Guerrero.

    Viña Gormaz, the details of the label

    The new labels of Viña Gormaz Young, Roble, Crianza and Verdejo have in common a design in relief, which trough the sense of touch emphasizes the characteristics of the soils of the vineyards where they come from. The Young is distinguished by sand and silt, which reflect the character of the tempranillo expressed in the terroir. The Roble, thanks to the mixture of clay and sand with a low amount of silt is the ideal combination for the development of the vineyard with this variety.  The elegance and structure of the Crianza is reflected in a black background which highlights the sum of sand, clay, rolling stones, minerals and multiple factors that enhance the aromas and the character of this Tempranillo with very low yields.

    The Viña Gormaz family is completed with a white wine from D.O. Rueda produced by Bodegas GarciGrande (also part of Hispanobodegas). The image is inspired by the characteristics of the Verdejo variety, as well as the composition of silt and clay bottoms soils that give rise to this fragrant wine with a varietal character typical from its area.

  • Let’s talk about soils

    It is time to talk about soils…and the best to do it is with the new image of Viña Gormaz Crianza as inspiration. The composition of the strata, levels and heights of the different vineyard plots are the main differences we find among its range of the young, crianza (Ribera del Duero) and verdejo (Rueda).

    The elegant features and structure that distinguish this red Crianza have their origin in the nature of the Ribera del Duero soriana; particularly, in the combination of the soil strata of the different plots that make up its assembly. The altitude of the vineyards (about 1,000 meters above sea level), the contrast of temperature between day and night, soil poverty, limited yields and demanding viticultural criteria are some of the factors that allow us to select Tempranillo grapes with a high concentration of aromas and a clear varietal expression, which are ennobled with the aging of this roble.

  • Harvest 2019- Hispanobodegas

    Harvest in GarciGrande – Rueda

    1. Weather conditions

    The 2019 harvest in Rueda was determined by the following aspects:

    – A year of strong drought, both during the winter rest period and the vegetative cycle.

    – Maturation neither early nor late, in its usual time, a harvest with warm weather but without excessively high temperatures.

    1. Harvest data

    This drought situation in Rueda has caused a reduction by 10% of the yields comparing to last year. However, due to the new plantations that have brought grapes, the harvest of the Denomination ended up arriving to 115 million kilograms of grapes. In GarciGrande, the harvest took place from September 12th to 26th, for the white grape, while the red wine grapes from Tierra de Castilla y León were harvested in the first days of October.

    1. Production

    Verdejo grapes, from our usual vineyards of Rueda, La Seca and Nava del Rey, have been harvested at a good ripening point and with excellent sanitary conditions. In the oenological plane, wines have been obtained with a lot of extract, with a lot of mouth,  with a well-adjusted acidity and with a complex nose, full of citrus aromas and white fruits for the white wines, red fruits and licorice for the reds

    The usual work with white musts has been followed in the cellar. Using dry ice to protect the grapes from the field. We continued the maceration the skin, in our macerator, in a good proportion, to extract all the aromatic potential of Verdejo. We have continued with the work of the sludge, in our small deposits of 20,000 L, to finish obtaining all the sweet and kind substances in the mouth that the musts polysaccharides give us. The fermentations have developed clean, with a good kinetics, developing spectacular citrus aromas, of white, creamy fruits, … Once the fermentation is finished, we continue with the aging of the deposits with their fine lees, they already carry more than one month and apparently we can continue with the process, mínimum one more month.

    In the 2019 vintage we will have real Verdejos, Verdejos, pure GarciGrande essence. Our GarciGrande Verdejo, 12 Linajes and Viña Gormaz lines will once again be loaded with varietal, fennel, citrus aromas, with wide, creamy and fresh mouths. While for brands such as Mozares, or Garcigrande Verdejo-Viura, they continue to stand out for that extra point of sweetness along with the characteristic fruity aromas with tropical touches, from previous vintages. On the other hand Anier, as in previous years, we developed a part in 500 L barrels with subsequent aging in the same barrel and with its lees, to contribute to the final mixture that characteristic complexity that the wine has. On the other hand, Tempranillo red grapes, from vineyards of several villages in the provinces of Valladolid and Zamora, have been harvested with a good balance, obtaining wines of good color. Due to the gentle work done in the maceration, we will have very aromatic wines with fresh and round mouths.

    Harvest 2019 in Rioja – Valdelacierva

    One more year, the harvest in the Valdelacierva Winery brough us a great satisfaction.

    From the grapes collected, more than 70% belong to the Rioja Alavesa and the rest distributed between Navarrete and Tudelilla.

    In the production, we have worked more selectively with two reception lines:

    • Traditional hopper reception system with small capacity trailers.
    • In boxes with 24h of refrigerated truck at 4º to unload through the whole grain selection line to gravity-covered.

    On the climatic and cycle data of the vine, we must highlight:

    • 25% less grapes than in 2018, which was a historic crop of Rioja in 2018 with a total of 486 million kg collected and 330 million liters protected.
    • In 2019: 375 million kilos of grapes in total of the region.
    • Good vegetative situation of the vineyard at the time of harvest, with an optimal sanitary state and a balanced vigor, less compact clusters and less weight of the berries positive parameters to determine a high quality vintage.
    • It has been a dry year, although “with rains in key moments of the cycle, including those difficult days of September, but, with the arrival of the north wind, the threat of botrytis was cut.

    THE HIGH QUALITY OF THE GRAPE OF 2019 GUARANTEES ALL THE WINE RANKS THAT WE CURRENTLY COMMERCIALIZE.

    New projects and interesting works in the search for improvement and trials within the winery.

    • Harvest of the singular vineyards: Cantogordo and Montepedriza.
    • R&D projects with new grape varieties and prototypes that help us to work the different varieties of Rioja: Sweet Malvasía or Garnacha Blanca with late harvest.

    Harvest 2019 in Ribera del Duero – Gormaz

    Climatology and phenology.

    The year 2019 has been a year characterized by a medium-low rainfall with respect to the last 10 years and very high maximum temperatures, the latter coinciding with the physiological state of flowering, causing a flower shift and therefore a harvest reduction in some areas of our vineyards. Both climatic factors have resulted in a 25% reduction in production in the Ribera del Duero, but it has also led to a high level of quality, which has been endorsed by the good weather. Thanks to the high temperatures experienced during the harvest days, they have allowed us to collect the grapes at the precise moment of ripening, making a separation of the various plots for the production of our most special wines.

    Productions

    At the level of Ribera del Duero, 25% less has been taken than in the 2018 harvest (125.4 million kg), this is indicative of a maintenance and increase in market prices.

    In Gormaz, values ​​very similar to the 2018 harvest have been taken.

    Technical assessment of the crop

    We can speak in general terms with a qualification from winery level as “Excellent”. The wines obtained are of high color and IPT, high alcohol content, very aromatic and balanced, with very silky tannin, elegant, good length and persistence. In short, the vintage is about aging wines that will surely be proven very long in time.

    The wines have been made from the vineyard, making a plot selection level obtained very good results, so that we can transmit the land and be able to differentiate the old vineyard plots.

    Grano a Grano has been made from our Quintanilla plots of old vineyards, 80-100 years old, to be sold in 2021. We have also developed several barrels of 500 kg of different plots of more than 100 years, of sandy land for our future “12 Linajes finca los arenales 2019” currently in the process of making malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels of 500 liters capacity.

  • Garcigrande and Universidad de Valladolid

    Our winemaker and technical Director from Bodegas GarciGrande, Rubén Sanz Coca, has participated as spokeperson in the talk about the production of Rueda wines to the students of Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Valladolid.

    Thanks to the University and the Association of winemakers of Castilla y León, it is possible to organize this type of Master Class that aims to teach future sector professionals and to value the production and white wines of the Rueda Desnomination of Origin . Rubén, a great connoisseur of the behavior of the Verdejo variety of the DO, was able to teach the evolution of the main Rueda variety with different wines. GarciGrande, 12 Linajes and Anier are the white wines that the winery produces in Rueda.

  • We are Singular Vineyard

    Valdelacierva Finca Montepedriza (produced with Grenache) and Valdelacierva Finca Cantogordo (produced with Tempranillo)  are going to be the Valdelacierva wines in this category.
    What does it mean to be Singular Vineyard?
    Requirements:
    1. Grapes coming exclusively from a plot or plots that constitute the (Singular vineyard) Viñedo Singular.
    2. Vinification, ageing, storage and bottling within the same winery.
    3. Minor geographical unit that can comprise a single or several cadastral plots.
    4. Minimum age of the vineyard: 35 years.
    5. Evidence, by means of any legally valid title, of having had the exclusive use of the production of the viñedo singular for a minimum period of 10 years without interruption.
    6. Maximum production: 5,000 kg/ha for red varieties and 6,922 kg/ha for white varieties.
    7. Maximum grape-to-wine ratio: 65%.
    8. Specific Grape Grower’s Card.
    Growing practices
    1. The viñedo singular must be balanced and have limited vigour. During the grape ripening stage, canopy growth should cease completely.
      2. Only a single tipping is permitted.
      3. Harvested manually.
    Documentary control
    1. Before the 30th. of June a statement of intention to make a Singular vineyard (Viñedo Singular) wine.
    2. Statement of amount of wine made.
    3. Specific classification
    4. Differentiated wine movement.
    5. Differentiated back label.
    Physical control
    1. Traceability.
    2. Specific production controls in all vineyards from 1 July to harvest, production changes not being allowed later.
    3. Canopy development controls.
    4. Specific wine stocks.
    5. Specific classification on the verification.
    6. Control of wine movements.
    7. Control of labelling and use of back labels.
    8. Control of batches of approved wine. Excellent rating.
    9. Submission of report.
    10. Recognition of the ministry.
    11. Exclusivity.
  • 12 Linajes and Valdelacierva, the best wines of 2019

    The wines Valdelacierva Crianza 5! Renques from Bodegas Valdelacierva and 12 Linajes Grano a Grano from Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz have been selected as one of the best wines of 2019 by the Spanish newspaper Expansión, Fuera de Serie.

    With a sophisticated and elegant image design, these tempranillo wines with vegan certification become the perfect gift for this Christmas.

    Valdelacieva Crianza 5! Renques is aged in French and American oak barrels, with an intense aroma and sweet attack.

    12 Linajes Grano a Grano is a limited edition wine which main peculiarity lies in its manual shelling, separating the scrape from the whole grains. If you want to surprise that person with a bottle of this spectacular wine, you will have to hurry because it only has 1,423 numerated bottles.

    https://www.expansion.com/fueradeserie/gastro/album/2019/11/25/5dc2b571e5fdea81208b460e.html

  • We are finalists!

    The image of Cúspide is finalist in the VID Design Award, which will take place on November 28th. after the celebration of the Wine Packaging Forum.

    The image of Cúspide Tempranillo, by Bodegas GarciGrande, has been created by the design studio Pablo Guerrero, together with the Marketing team of the winery, they captured the essence of this VTCyL wine: dedication, work, motivation and character, represented by the top of a mountain and a goat, an animal that is part of the fauna of the area. On the label, the brand is highlighted by an embossed font, followed by the grape variety. The elements that have made this image a success throughout the market have been the details on the goat and the watercolor effects on the mountain, creating a perfect triangle between design and the essence of the wine.

    For the winery, arriving at the Cúspide (Top) represents having a wine that is synonymous with his great passion and great work that involves a lot of patience in the production process.

  • ICA Group counts on 12 Linajes

    The almost 30 players who participated in the competition were able to enjoy a wonderful day with colleagues from the ICT sector.

    The ICA Group has held its first Golf Tournament this Thursday, October 10th., at the Barbaran Sports Center Golf Course. For this first event, it had 12 Linajes Reserva wines from the winery of Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz de Ribera del Duero.

    For more than five hours, the 30 participating players were able to enjoy a magnificent day with colleagues from the company’s ICT sector. In the male modality, the First Classified was Luis Miguel Criado and the Second Classified, Julián Hernández Vigliano. As for the women’s classification, the winner was Beatriz Juliá.

    Once the Tournament was over, the General Director of Grupo ICA, Juan Carlos Narro, presented the awards ceremony and, subsequently, enjoyed a cocktail after an intense game day. In addition, all attendees received a bottle of 12 Linajes Reserva as thanks for their participation.

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