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Bodegas Sonsierra was born in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in the heart of a region with unique characteristics for vine growing, where Tempranillo finds its perfect environment. In 1962, more than 240 vine growers decided to pool their 430 hectares of vineyards to realize an old dream of farmers in the village: the creation of a cooperative in which they produce their own wines
This is how Bodegas Sonsierra began its activity. After several generations cultivating our own vineyards, with practices that have been perfected over time, we have managed to produce wines with a distinct identity, reflecting the landscape and centuries-old wine tradition of our territory.
We were the first cooperative in Rioja to sell bottled wine and to advertise the quality and uniqueness of the exceptional vineyards in the Rioja Alta region, and to indicate this special origin on our labels.The innovative spirit is one of our hallmarks and today continues with projects like wine Perfume of Sonsierra , which has revolutionized the sector.
In our facilities we elaborate single varietal wines, a process that begins in the vineyard, in each of the vines , paying attention to every detail and using both traditional techniques and the latest technology for maximum quality control.
In this beautiful terrain watered by the River Ebro and sheltered by the Cantabrian Mountains, vine-growing is an ancestral tradition that has shaped the landscape over centuries. It is responsible for making Sonsierra a place of singular beauty, where vineyards cover the land and are complemented by the addition of traditional structures such as wine presses and stone refuges.
The county of Sonsierra is located in the very heart of the Rioja PDO region. Bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains to the north and the River Ebro to the south, throughout history it has enjoyed a reputation in the province for the exceptional quality of its wines. Sonsierra’s unique microclimate and terroir combine to give its Tempranillo grapes a very special character.
The Rioja PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) region, located in northern Spain and straddling both sides of the River Ebro, comprises more than 60,000 hectares of vineyards that enjoy special properties due to their strategic location between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and the geographical features of the area.
The history of the county stretches back for many centuries and represents one of the richest parts of Rioja’s historical heritage. Wine civilization was a reality here a long time ago. Vines have been domesticated and wines have been produced in the Sonsierra region for more than 2000 years.
The fields are dotted with prehistoric remains, many of which have a connection to vine-growing, such as the dolmen of La Cascaja, the necropolis, the hermitages, rustic dwellings, wine presses and cellars dating back to the Roman era.
Likewise, medieval remains such as chapels, churches, mansions and castles reveal the identity of the region’s towns and streets. The castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in the old Kingdom of Navarra, was built around 1170 and is the largest fortress in the vicinity of the River Ebro. It originally formed part of the Laguardia and Labastida defensive line.
In Sonsierra the area’s natural bounty has been shaped and adapted by the people living there, through the cultural inheritance of our winemaking traditions and techniques, with traditional rustic constructions such as shelters or guardaviñas that survive the passage of time dotting the roads and vineyards.
Similarly, other towns across Sonsierra are home to a multitude of popular celebrations that have maintained their ancient roots: the festival of San Martín in Ribas de Tereso, the festival of Santa Bárbara in Peciña, the festival of San Vicente Mártir in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, and many others. However, the most widely celebrated festival is undoubtedly that of San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers, when it is customary to carry a statue of the saint out into the fields and ask for a blessing upon the land.
In Sonsierra we have a total of 516 hectares of our own vineyards, with near of 1.500 plots, where we grow vines with average ages ranging from 20 to 130 years old. Some of them have belonged to the members of our winery for generations. Our vineyards have deep, clay-limestone soil in which we only grow Tempranillo Tinto, Tempranillo Blanco and Viura grapes; these native varieties have proved themselves to be the best-adapted to our soil, and over time have flourished to produce wines that are renowned throughout the world.
Soils with little organic material help limit production levels, thereby increasing the quality of the grape clusters.
A balanced structure (sand, silt and clay) that is rich in limestone provides the perfect medium for the Tempranillo variety.
The result is a good balance of acidity and an ideal concentration of aromas and flavours, producing wines that are perfect for ageing.
The Cantabrian Mountains to the north and the River Ebro to the south of our vineyards create a unique microclimate that is perfect for vine-growing.
Our 1.485 plots occupy a wide variety of different terrain: from the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains at an altitude of 770 metres, to the rolling terraces of the lowlands near the River Ebro, at an altitude of just 420 metres. This diversity is an exceptional legacy handed down to us from our forebears, which we take great pains to tend and protect.
La Sierra: the highest vineyards (525- 770 m) and the freshest, wettest region.
La Comarca: intermediate zone (485- 525 m), with moderate temperatures and rainfall.
La Ribera: the lowest area (420-485 m) and also the hottest and driest.
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