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Bodegas Roda

The story of Bodegas Roda began in the 1980's when Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella arrived in La Rioja, wanting to present the world of wine-making with something new – a unique expression of Rioja. The Bodega was founded in 1987, the name Ro-Da being formed from the first two initials of the owners surnames. The vineyards are located in a dramatic landscape where the Cantabria and Ibérica mountain ranges merge with the Obarenes Mountains to the west, dissected by the River Ebro. This is an area influenced by three different climates: Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental all interact here, causing each vineyard to react differently with each vintage. Roda operate 120 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are self-owned, and they have individual arrangements with local growers for the remaining 50. The sustainably dry farmed vineyards are planted at between 380 and 650 metres above sea level, with old vine Tempranillo Garnacha, and Graciano - the indigenous grapes of Rioja. The vines are trained in the traditional Riojan bush vine method, “en vaso” [goblet], and all the grapes hand-picked. Roda have conducted extensive and meticulous research into the Tempranillo grape variety, identifying 552 different clones, and out of these only 20 have been selected for propagation, especially chosen for the specific qualities they bring to the wines from individual vineyard plots. Roda are dynamic producers, their winery is gravity-fed, they ferment spontaneously in foudre from the Seguin Moreau cooperage – one per vineyard, and they only use French oak for ageing. Their philosophy is to express both as sense of place and the climatic year of every vintage; in short, the very essence of the soil, climate and landscape, perfecting the art of Tempranillo to create masterpieces of complexity and character.