Established in 2001 by a group of four quality-driven winegrower families, headed by the experienced and talented winemaker Santiago Garde, Bodegas del Medievo is an exciting, innovative winery in Aldeanueva de Ebro, 50 km south-east of Logroño, high in DOCa Rioja Baja, where the climate is warmer and more Mediterranean. They own 220 hectares of vineyards with Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano, and more recently the rare Tempranillo Blanco, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay across the highest areas of Aldeanueva on the fringes of Mount Yerga, 600 metres above sea level. The soil in this area is essentially clay-calcareous, and so poor in organic matter. This, combined with a low average annual rainfall (400 mm) and the high altitude of its vineyards, gives optimal conditions for the cultivation of healthy grapes which provide great intensity of colour, producing wines of an unquestionable air of modernity.
Medievo craft top quality Joven, Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva as well as more unusual varieties with a modern winemaking style, fruit-driven wines with great elegance. Equipped with the most advanced facilities, Medievo have a capacity to elaborate 2 million kilos of grapes with 2500 barrels - 80% American, 20% French.
With constant innovation and progression, Bdgs del Medievo have also branched out and experimented with new ambitious and exciting projects, headed by the experienced and very talented oenologist Santiago Garde, who has a wealth of expertise. As well as the typical Rioja varieties grown at the winery, Medievo have invested hugely in developing some of Rioja’s lesser-known but highly appreciated varieties: Graciano, Tempranillo Blanco and Garnacha under their high-quality Tuercebotas line. The existence of the Tempranillo Blanco arose from the natural mutation of a single vine of the red Tempranillo variety discovered in 1988 in a vineyard in the Rioja municipality of Murillo del Río Leza. The Tempranillo Blanco is a real rarity, cultivated by only seven of the nearly 1000 wine cellars in the Rioja, and it shows just as high quality as its red relative. And to add to their variety, Medievo are now producing a range of organic wines.
The 2018 harvest, as reported by winemaker Santiago Garde, 'was the longest I can remember, lasting over 45 days'. He describes 2018 as 'atypical' for the area, 'very rainy with higher production than 2017, especially for younger vineyards. It’s better for us to have a cooler year, the crop came later but the results were good with lighter and fresher wines after the very hot 2017'. He added that late ripening could have been a problem but thankfully October was fine allowing for complete ripeness and steady harvesting which finished later than usual in the Rioja Baja.
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