Profile of Valpiedra

Finca Valpiedra is an exceptional, single estate Pago in La Rioja that has been established as one of the best of the Rioja newcomers for more than a decade. It is the realization of a dream long held by the Martínez Bujanda family, who have been cultivating vineyards and producing superb wines in the Rioja region since the late 19th century. In 1889 Joaquin Martínez Bujanda, the great-grandfather of the current owners, established a small Bodega in the village of Oyon, near the Riojan capital Logroño. Since these humble beginnings, the family has become responsible for a number of other projects as well, producing wines in many of Spain’s major regions. The energy, passion, and drive that this family display is remarkable, as they constantly strive to craft the finest wines the region can offer.

Finca Valpiedra was established in 1999, although the first vineyards were planted as early as 1974. Right from the outset, the family wanted to pioneer a great single estate Rioja, in contrast to their earlier beginnings when fruit was blended from across the various Rioja sub-districts. The current team that runs the empire – Carlos Martínez Bujanda and Pilar Martínez Bujanda – recognized that their chosen location offered an exceptional terroir (a concept that is sometimes neglected in Rioja) for growing Tempranillo. The vineyards are located in one of the most spectacular parts of the region, flanking the river Ebro between the villages of Cenicero and Fuenmayor, protected from the cold northerly winds by the Sierra de Cantabria. There, a formidable brother and sister combo have ensured that strict quality controls and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Valpiedra: from their acute understanding of the specific characteristics of their different 10 plots of vineyards to ensure the fruit is hand-harvested and meticulously handled in the winery. Moreover, the family only produce the Finca Valpiedra Reserva wines when the harvest meets their stringent high standards, so you can be assured that if you buy the Reserva you are enjoying the highest and consistent quality.

The distinguished estate bottled Reservas are sublime, structured wines that although approachable on release, will age beautifully. Even their second wine – Cantos de Valpiedra – offers evidence enough of the high standards practiced at Finca Valpiedra. Those lucky enough to have tasted the wines speak of intensity and elegance; incense, vanilla, cedar, mild tobacco and other spices all present and correct. And while the Martínez Bujanda family continue to expand into other Spanish regions and vineyards, you suspect that Valpiedra will always remain the crown jewel of this proud family’s heritage – a truly unique and remarkable Rioja icon. Visit Finca Valpiedra with us on a VIP private tour with world class tasting.

Wines produced

  • Finca Valpiedra Reserva

    92% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 2% Maturana Tinta. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 22 months in French oak barrels. The 'Grand vin' of the property, a Rioja that is capable of considerable ageing potential.

  • Cantos de Valpiedra

    100% Tempranillo. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 12 months in 70% French oak and 30% American oak. The second wine of the property.

Winery details

Valpiedra

Termino Montecillo s/n
26360 Fuenmayor
La Rioja
Tel +34 (0) 941 450 876
Fax +34 (0) 941 450 875

Appellation
La Rioja
Founded
1999
Area under vine
80 Hectares
Age of vines
35 years
Oak barrel origin
French and American
Winemaker
Lauren Rosillo
Owner
Martínez Bujanda family
Production
250,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Tempranillo, Graciano, Maturana, Cabernet Sauvignon

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