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 varietals, Tempranillo Blanco, Garnacha and Graciano, and have recently added an Organic range. Medievo have a modern winemaking style producing fruit-driven wines with great elegance. At the end of 2020, Medievo completed the construction of a brand-new climate-controlled warehouse for storage of their barrels which will undoubtedly help increase the quality of their range. They now have a capacity to elaborate over 2 million kg of grapes with 2500 barrels - 80% American and 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. Several of Medievo’s wines from these lesser well-known Rioja varieties have consistently been awarded prizes in many international competitions including the Top 100 Best Riojas 10x10 Rioja Blind Tasting, The Wines from Spain Top 100 Awards amongst others.
The 2020 vintage started with a dry, warm winter, followed by a cool spring and higher rainfall than usual which prompted an earlier harvest. Summer was hot with early maturing of reds. Whites Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay harvest started 25th August and Viura and Tempranillo on 10 September, Santiago comments, ‘the quality and health of the grapes in 2020 is excellent with good colour, mature, intense fruit with balanced acidity, perfect for Crianzas and Reservas’.
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