Bodegas Sierra Cantabria
The Bodega was founded in 1957 by viticulturist Guillermo Eguren in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in Rioja Alavesa, north of the Ebro River. This is the northernmost of the three Riojan sub-regions, and is considered to produce the best wines of the area; consequently it is one of the most sought after terroirs. Guillermo's family had grown grapes there since 1870 and always sold them to local producers but, recognising the quality of the grapes and the potential of the family vineyards, he decided to make his own wine. Now five generations of wine-making later it remains family owned, with knowledge and tradition passed down from father to son whilst adapting to new advances in technology. Today brothers Marcos and Miguel Eguren run the estate with their sons. Apart from Bodegas Sierra Cantabria, they own five other wineries, each with their own individual style and character. Three more in Rioja - Viñedos Sierra Cantabria, Señorío de SanVicente, and Viñedosde Páganos, one in Toro, Teso la Monja, and one in Tierra de Castilla, Dominio de Eguren.
All their wines are produced from their own fruit and at Bodegas Sierra Cantabria their vineyards are mainly planted with Tempranillo, with only a small percentage dedicated to Garnacha and Graciano as they acknowledge that these varieties ripen unpredictably in northern Rioja and they do not wish to buy in grapes from other sources. The winery contains state-of-the-art equipment and they use French and American oak to produce classically styled age-worthy Riojas, which combine tradition, innovation and character. Bodegas Sierra Cantabria enjoys national and international prestige with the Guía Peñín Wine Guide – Spain's most famous and comprehensive wine guide -qualifying 17 wines from their new vintage with 92 points, and six of these are above 95!