Benito Urbina is a family-owned Single Estate winery situated in Cuzcurrita de Río
Tirón, on the north-western edge of DOCa Rioja Alta. It is
an area that produces wines with a great capacity for ageing,
and is therefore excellent for the production of Reservas and Gran Reservas. They own 75
hectares of vineyards, 65 of Tempranillo,
and 10 of Graciano,
Viura. Terroir plays an essential role in their vineyards: clay-calcareous soils on the right bank of the river Tirón are ideal for wines which undergo the lengthy ageing process characteristic of the Urbina wines, clay-ferrous soils in the villages of Urunuela-Cenicero are perfect for fresh, young wines, and finally sandy-limestone on the left bank of the Tirón close to Haro is suitable for the Urbina wines in between these previous two. Urbina has a capacity to produce 300,000 bottles of Red Crianza, Reserva
and Gran Reserva and 50,000 bottles of White and Rosado, using grapes from their own vineyards.
Four generations of the family have dedicated themselves to
the cultivation of their vineyards and the production of wine since 1870.
In 1975 the bodega began to age and bottle their own wine
in order to retain the special characteristics of a small
single Estate. Their sole objective, the production of quality
wines, has been achieved as the result of careful viticulture
using traditional techniques, harvesting by hand, the application of organic fertilizers only, avoiding
the use of weed killers and pesticides, and the use of indigenous yeasts. The vines are grown
in bush form and some are trained by cordon, with controlled
yields not exceeding 4500 kilos/ha.There has been a large
investment in modern installations, stainless steel fermentation
tanks and a bottling plant.
Angel Benito described 2018 as 'a very technical year' in the vineyard with constant work to ensure the best conditions for vines during the early summer when the region suffered unusual rainy conditions and the occasional rainstorm. Mildew had to be kept at bay, and, towards the harvest season, excessive vine vigour had to be controlled through green harvesting to “obtain a normal yield” and the desired wine quality. He concluded that 2018 was cooler than it had been for five years. Young wines have normal concentration and fresh acidity giving good ageing potential for a more 'typical year'.
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