We have been tasting the wines of Bodegas Sonsierra over the last 5 years admiring their wines and being more and more excited each year by their subsequent releases. Bodegas Sonsierra is a co-operative winery, which was founded in 1962 and located in the best part of the Rioja DOC, the Rioja Alta.
With a total of 516 hectares of their own vineyards, they grow vines with average ages ranging from 20 to 130 years old. Some of them have belonged to the members of the winery for generations. The vineyards have deep, clay-limestone soil in which they only grow Tempranillo Tinto, Tempranillo Blanco and Viura grapes; native varietals best-adapted to the soil and climate. A balanced structure (sand, silt and clay) that is rich in limestone provides the perfect medium for these grapes.
The Cantabrian Mountains to the north and the River Ebro to the south of the vineyards create a unique microclimate that is perfect for vine-growing. Mild temperatures throughout the year and moderate rainfall. Good daytime/night-time temperature differential. Excellent aeration of the vines with an almost ever-present wind. And an ideal south-facing aspect and mild slope of the vineyards exposing the vines to plenty of sunlight.
What begins in the vineyards is continued in the winery, where wines are made with the same painstaking attention to detail and combining traditional techniques with the latest technological advances to ensure optimum quality throughout the winemaking process.