I have always felt that our wines had to tell a story. From humility, from learning, from the respect one should feel when one looks at nature and listens to the earth. I wanted to tell it in a different, more innovative way. Trying to show all the Riojas that lie behind Rioja. From the curious features of a native grape variety, unique in the world, to its ability to adapt to the best terroirs. All this was and is my personal challenge. I try to make my wines different, authentic, sincere and unique. So they transmit the expression, authenticity and personality of our vineyards. Making them and ageing them with the utmost respect, but from a demanding, dynamic, up-to-date vision. It is how I truly feel. And this is what I want to share. When was the last time that a wine surprised you? - Rafael Vivanco
If I had to choose one word to define La Rioja, it would be 'diversity'. The terrain, the type of wind, the colour of the soil... Each metre, each hop from one village to the next, is a change in the landscape. If we drew a straight line on a map we would note that there are only 100 kilometres from the westernmost to the easternmost part of La Rioja. To the north, the Sierra de Cantabria. To the south, the Sierra de la Demanda. And crossing it from west to east, the River Ebro. That is La Rioja A great valley between two mountain ranges to protect it. The western part is called Rioja Alta, then there is Central Rioja, and then the eastern part, known as Rioja Baja. As I said, all in 100 kilometres.
This diversity conditions grape growing. Each grape variety finds its ideal place to express itself. Some, like Garnacha Tinta, require more hours of light. And others, like Tempranillo, thrive with cool nights and slow ripening. I have selected from among our vineyards those terroirs best suited to each type of grape. I will now them introduce them to you.