• Montepedriza 2019, new wine

    • Individuality, a sense of place and a loyal reflection of the countryside are the defining characteristics of the unique wine range from the Riojan winery.
    • 100% Garnacha, Montepedriza comes from a unique estate in the village of Tudelilla.

     Bodegas Valdelacierva is proud to present the first of its Unique Vineyard wines: Montepedriza 2019. This Garnacha-based wine comes from a unique estate in the village of Tudelilla, and has been included in the ¨Single Vineyard¨ category by the Rioja appellation’s Regulatory Council, a classification which places value on vineyard sites, or terroirs, which lend essential qualities to the wines and which helps them stand out from those around them. Montepedriza 2019 is just such a wine; a wine full of character which doesn’t just reflect the rigorous selection criteria which Valdelacierva use when they select the estates they work with, but also the winemaking and ageing processes used by the winery which respect the true character of a unique vineyard and allow it to express itself to the full.

    Montepedriza, the vineyard and the wine

    100% Garnacha, Montepedriza 2019, transmits authenticity and care for the land, and all the delicacy of handmade luxury. It is an artisanal wine, reflecting the unique characteristics of the estate, and by necessity production is limited.

    The Montepedriza estate, in Tudelilla (in Rioja Oriental or Eastern Rioja), has organically poor soils covered with stones. The high drainage capacity of these soils allows the vine’s roots to penetrate deeply into the ground, which is especially beneficial for the development of the vine, and especially for the Garnacha variety. The vineyard, balanced and of limited intensity in terms of growth, was planted in 1935 and gives quite low yields in the region of 2,400 kg per hectare (less than half the maximum yield permitted by DOCa Rioja’s Regulatory Council.

    All these characteristics, coupled with Valdelacierva’s very careful and painstaking approach when making Montepedriza, ensures an excellent Garnacha-based red wine from Rioja at the end of the process.

    Harvest is manual (this 2019 vintage took place during the first week in October), with the grape bunches collected in boxes and transported to the winery in a chilled lorry. Vinification takes place in 700 litre, open-topped wooden tinos or vats; while ageing is carried out in 500 litre French oak casks and lasts 15 months. Finally, the wine then spends a further 15 months in bottle before it leaves the winery.

    Tasting Montepedriza 2019

    The wine is an intense and brilliant ruby red. Complex and very intense aromas on the nose, particularly floral notes and dark fruit. A swirl in the glass to aerate the wine and the wine gives off more herbal notes of thyme, fennel and other wild, aromatic mountainside plants. The wood is well integrated, blending subtly into the background with toasted aromas, cocoa and black pepper. Long on the palate, the wine has pronounced tannins which are nicely rounded and velvety smooth. Strong, vertical attack, with marked acidity, pleasing texture and a lasting finish.

    The Unique Vineyards of Valdelacierva

    In the words of Emma Villajos, Enologist at Valdelacierva: “uniqueness is a broad concept, which each person interprets in a slightly different way. In our winery, we have been working for many years with rigorous set of guiding principles which put the focus firmly on the quality and uniqueness of the wines.¨ A professional bursting with curiosity, and a dynamic personality, Emma adds ¨we preferred to present the wines from these single vineyard sites as ¨Unique Vineyards¨ because we want to continue on the same path we have been treading, and structure the range of wines according to our own quality standards and the demands and goals that we have set ourselves.¨

    For Emma Villajos, enologist and alma mater of Bodegas Valdelacierva, this approach to winemaking is not new, and for several vintages now she has been in charge of caring for and overseeing the work on all the plots for the winery’s wines. In fact, this professional has simply continued her approach to winemaking with the same passion, the same rigorous focus on quality, and a loyalty to the land and the individual characteristics of both the estate and the grape variety and its terroir.

    “It’s about choosing your own, unique path, in the search for the highest quality and uniqueness”.

     About Bodegas Valdelacierva

    Valdelacierva is more than just a winery. For several years now, the wealth, authenticity and personal character of each of its vines has been written into its wines’ DNA. Briñas, Baños de Ebro, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Tudelilla….these are some of the most important areas where the winery’s vineyards are located (it is one of the Riojan wineries with the highest number of registered Single Vineyard (Viñedo Singular) sites. Passion and respect for a careful and methodical approach to winemaking and terroir ensures that excellence is not just measured in terms of results, but forms an intrinsic part of the approach at Valdelacierva.

  • Wine-grower’s Diary – part 4

    Another crack at the fungi

    June is a vital month for the proper development of the plant, and now is the time when we need to slip our boots on every day and pace every inch of our Garnacha vineyard. We begin the month with a second phytosanitary treatment to stop possible fungal diseases like mildew or powdery mildew. As always, in our coveted Montepedriza Garnacha we only use sulphur and copper: a 100% organic approach for one of our top vineyard plots.

    Farewell, secondary  shoots

    During the second week of the month we begin the arduous but important task of trimming the vines, which consists of eliminating all those secondary shoots which could compete with the fruit-bearing shoots, or encourage an unwanted microclimate around the grape bunches (in terms of a lack of ventilation and increased humidity) which, in turn, might encourage disease or an uneven and incomplete ripening of the fruit.

    All work and no play…

     It’s our favourite moment for various reasons. The weather is perfect for enjoying the vineyard; the flowering of the vines makes for an explosion of colour and aromas; we begin to get the first glimpse of what our harvest will look like…and above all we get a reward for a job well done: the barbecue in the vineyard with our Montepedriza Garnacha 2018. What more could we ask for? What’s more, in this very dry year June has seen a bit more rain, which will help us better manage the next stages of flowering and fruit set.


  • Harvest 2019

    A few weeks ago, Emma Villajos, our Bodegas Valdelacierva winemaker, started at the vineyards, the control of the ripening of the grapes, in view of the coming 2019 harvest. After the recent pictures of the Grenache singular vineyard de Garnacha at Finca Montepedriza state, today we have travelled to Baños de Ebro in order to do an evaluation of the Valdelacierva crianza vineyards.
    The begining of the harvest goes according to plan and it seems quite promising. Extremely balanced with good phenolic maturity due to the balanced load of the bunches. If the weather holds on and there isn’t any last minute scare, it could be a menorable harvest in Rioja.

  • Fenavin. Do we have a meeting?

    Hispanobodegas will be present in the next edition of Fenavin, fair that will take place in Ciudad Real from the 7th to the 9th of May. During the event, we are going to show all our wines and innovations. If you want to meet us, we are going to be waiting for you in Pabellón Gaminides, Street 17, Stand 18, or if you prefer to have a personal meeting with us, we are going to be pleased to organize it.

    Contact: juancarlos.llopart@hispanobodegas.com



  • Valdelacierva “Revelation Wine 2019”

    The wine Valdelacierva Grano a Grano 2016, from Bodegas Valdelacierva, joins to the club of the “11 Magnificent” and includes to its long list of awards the Best Revelation Wine Award 2019 from the Guide Vivir el Vino 365 wines per year. The publication, which in addition scores this wine from Rioja with 95 points, has selected Valdelacierva Grano a Grano 2016 among more than 1.600 wines, taking into account a demanding selection criteria. With this new accomplishment, Bodegas Valdelacierva sees the results of a work that involves a handmade production, characteristic that gives to the wine an authentic personality, based on the singular vineyard of the farm that sees it born “La Botija”.

  • Valdelacierva: Thanksgiving’s wine

    By CAROLYN EVANS HAMMOND: ” If you’ve ever hosted a traditional Thanksgiving feast, you know the costs can add up. There’s the big bird to buy, the fixings, the pie, the centrepiece and of course the wine. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great bottle of wine. So here are five tasty, crowd-pleasing bottles that go well with turkey — each for less than $16:

    2012 Bodegas Valdelacierva, Rioja, Spain

    Those who like big, lush reds no matter what they’re eating will no doubt enjoy this undervalued bottle just released in Vintages. This stellar oak-aged Tempranillo exudes warm aromas of stewed cherries and vanilla bean then swathes the palate with cashmere flavours of sweet macerated berries, toasted nut, warm toffee, cherry and blueberry. It’s quite a characterful, smart wine that is well worth snapping up.

    Score: 94


  • 12 Linajes on the Top of Wine Enthusiast

    Only one Verdejo Spanish wine have been selected and the magazine puts this Rueda in a privileged position within the Spanish Wines range and it also puts Hispanobodegas on an  upward path  because of the quality of its wines.

    12 Linajes Verdejo is defined by the plublication Wine Enthusiast as “verdejo hists the sweet spot, with a crisp nose focused on green-apple aromas. The palate has a free-flowing feel and well-presented flavors of apple, peach and melon. An easyfading finish ends this well”.


  • Peñin’s Wine Guide – Top Wines of Hispanobodegas

    Current edition, our wines have been able to position in a place of prestige in Peñi’s Wine Guide . Due to of our improvement and its hard work Hispanobodegas has been rewarded:



    Valdelacierva grano a grano: 94 points
    Alfar Reserva: 93 points
    Valdelacierva Garnacha: 92 points
    Alfar Vendimia Seleccionada: 92 points
    Valdelacierva Crianza: 90 points


    12 Linajes crianza: 92 points
    12 Linajes Reserva: 92 points
    Viña Gormaz crianza: 91 points
    12 Linajes roble: 90 points


    Anier VS Verdejo: 92 points
    12 Linajes Verdejo: 91 points
    GarciGrande Verdejo: 90 points

  • The highest quality of Hispanobodegas wines

    The Hispanobodegas Winery Group has renewed its  BRC   Global   Standard  for  Food  Safety  and   IFS   International   Food Standard Certifications, which ratify compliance with legal requirements and food safety in the production and marketing of its wines and ensuring the highest level of protection for its wines, customers  and consumers.   This accreditation guarantees that quality prevails throughout the   wineries:  GarciGrande (Rueda), Valdelacierva (Rioja) and Viñedos&Bodegas Gormaz (Ribera del Duero) at the highest levels established by international best practice.

    The   award   represents   recognition   once   again   for   the   wines   of  the Hispanobodegas wine group, a group of wineries that has succeeded in evolving and moving with the times, adapting to the demands of the moment and achieving quality objectives, year after year.

  • Can Vegans Drink Wine?

    To know the answer first of all you need to know more of them:

    • The name ‘vegan’ comes from ‘vegan’ Anglicism created from ‘veganian’.
    • November 1 is “World Vegan Day”.
    • In their diet, vegans are strictly vegetarian and completely exclude any animal products.
    • Vegans not might use animal products in clothing (as leather, wool, and silk), toiletries and similar.
    • Avoid any product tested on animals: not on animal experiments.
    • They reject shows where animals are used.
    • Do not confuse veganism with environmentalism. The main difference between a vegan and vegetarian is that Veganism deals with each individual animal and its interests, while environmentalism is concerned with the conservation of species in general (both animal and plant).
    • Wines, as same as other foods, use gelatins or products of animal origin, for example, for grapefruit juice. The Hispanobodegas’s wines and concretely of Bodegas Valdelacierva (Rioja) and Bodegas and Viñedos Gormaz (Ribera del Duero) are apt to be drunk by the vegans. ¿Do we toast with a 12 Linajes red wine of Ribera del Duero? Or Do we accompany any vegan recipe with a Valdelacierva Rosé wine from the Denomination of Origin Rioja?

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