Established in 2001 by four quality-driven winegrowing families, headed by the experienced and talented winemaker Santiago Garde, Bodegas del Medievo is an exciting, innovative winery in Aldeanueva de Ebro, 50 km south-east of Logroño, high in DOCa Rioja Baja, where the climate is warmer and more Mediterranean. They own 220 hectares of vineyards with Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano, and more recently the rare Tempranillo Blanco, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay across the highest areas of Aldeanueva on the fringes of Mount Yerga, 600 metres above sea level. The soil in this area is essentially clay-calcareous, and thus poor in organic matter. This, combined with a low average annual rainfall (400 mm) and the high altitude of its vineyards, gives optimal conditions for the cultivation of healthy grapes which provide great intensity of colour, producing wines of an unquestionable air of modernity.
Medievo craft top quality Joven, Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva as well as more unusual varieties with a modern winemaking style, fruit-driven wines with great elegance. Equipped with the most advanced facilities, Medievo have a capacity to elaborate 2 million kilos of grapes with 2500 barrels - 80% American, 20% French.
2017 Harvest, as reported by Joseba Almaraz: 'the total production of Rioja in 2017 was 349 million kg, a reduction of 25% compared to the 2016 harvest. This reduction was due to the severe April frost and the persistent drought. The harvest of red grapes began 28th August, the earliest in history, with excellent conditions of maturation and health, with Tempranillo harvested first followed by Garnacha and then Graciano at the end of September. The wines have a high colouring, intensity of aromas of ripe fruits and very elegant tannins. They have less acidity than usual owing to the high temperatures.'
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