There is iconic and there is iconic. Bodega Contador is firmly in the iconic camp and is ranked amongst Spain’s greatest and most famous wineries.
The Bodega Contador story starts in 1995 when Benjamin Romeo, winemaker and vine-grower, acquired a centuries old cave hewn into the rock beneath the Castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja). In 1996 he made the first vintage of his “La Cueva del Contador” wine and started to buy vineyards for his plan to become a “bodeguero” - a wine producer.
Throughout 2001 Benjamin Romeo reconditioned and equipped the garage at his parents’ home in San Vicente for winemaking increasing the vinification capacity over what was possible in the cave. The North American wine critic Robert Parker’s Review awarded maximum points (100) to the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Contador, made in the garage.
Bodega Contador has more than 50 plots with different soils, microclimates, aspects, altitudes, varieties and clones, which facilitate making wines of great complexity. The production quantities of all Benjamin Romeo wines are extremely limited and the production quantities are counted in bottles rather than cases. Needless to say the wines of this estate are very highly reviewed and are typically offered on allocation.