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R. López de Heredia, 'Viña Gravonia' Blanco Rioja Crianza 2014
Spain / White

R. López de Heredia, 'Viña Gravonia' Blanco Rioja Crianza 2014

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

Notes from David Bowler Wine:

"Lopez de Heredia - one of the most venerable producers in Spain– produces traditional, age-worthy Rioja. Their wines are legendary and still made the way they were when the winery was founded over 130 years ago. Following a tradition that has been passed down through generations, their wines are released at least 5-10 years after harvest, which provides added complexity and elegance to their Crianzas and Gran Reservas. 

A rarity in Rioja, Lopez de Heredia uses only estate bottled fruit from their prized vineyards- Tondonia, Cubillo, Bosconia, and Zaconia- with the idea that the only way to get the best fruit is to care for the vines themselves. 

Viña Gravonia wines come from our Viña Zaconia vineyard, named after a local term for the area.  Historically these wines were called Viña Zaconia, except when our founder made sweet white wines using “noble rot” (botrytis cinerea) – which he called Sauternia after the French sauternes. Plenty of documents stored in our archives provide more details to this story.

The vineyard is 200 metres from the bodega and close to the banks of the river Ebro, and was bought by our great grandfather. Viña Zaconia has an altitude of 340 m, and the average age of vines is 45 years. The south-facing slopes are poor and stony, and roots are forced to go deep – hence grapes have balanced biological composition and ripen with complex flavours. The white soils help obtain a good tonality for white grapes. Viña Gravonia covers 24 ha, all of which are under Viura vines."

Country
Spain
Sub-Region
Rioja Alta DOCa
Region
Rioja
Varieties
Viura
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Alluvial clay, limestone
Winemaking
Aged 4 years in barrel, with extended bottle aging before release.