The Cantabrian Mountain Range to the north and the river Ebro to the south create a very special microclimate in this region, where the cool influence of the Bay of Biscay harmoniously competes with the rejuvenating breeze of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm distant smell of the Mediterranean. The result is a unique atmosphere with moderate levels of rainfall and mild temperatures throughout the year, and a high thermal difference between night and day. This last feature is extremely beneficial to our vineyards, which need heat to grow and develop, and cold to retain delicate colors and flavors.
Furthermore, the moderately steep slopes of our plots that wonderfully face the south favor excellent exposure of the strains to sunlight all day. It is this way that our vineyards are encouraged to produce the valuable sugars. In addition, the wind blows air through our vineyards every afternoon, thus avoiding the appearance of disease in our vines, and creating a healthy environment where all our strains grow healthy.
Our vineyards lie on deep clayey-calcareous lands created by mother earth in the Miocene epoch. These soils have a balanced internal structure (sand, silt and clay), are rich in limestone, poor in organic matter, and have moderate water availability.
These characteristics make the Sonsierra land the most appropriate one in Rioja for the growth of quality vineyards and especially suitable for making wines that are to be aged in barrels, since the small amount of organic matter and water available in the soil limits vine growth, and therefore the production of the plant is small and of high quality.
The limestone in this land also makes it an ideal place for growing the Tempranillo varietal, as it results in wines with good acidity balance and excellent concentration of aromas and flavors.