The grapes from each vineyard plot are harvested and processed separately to achieve the best quality and endow each wine with a unique character.
The 62 hectares of vineyards in Laserna, Laguardia, are located on a meander of the river Ebro, protected by the hillside Cerro de la Mesa. Thanks to its location, the land has a unique orientation and microclimate.
The vineyards descend gently down towards the river Ebro and feature soil of adequate permeability and depth that allow the roots of the vine to grow deep in search of the water stored naturally in the subsoil. The vineyards extend over three terraces, located at an altitude of between 420 and 400 metres above sea level, and comprise of calcareous sandy soil in the deepest layers and calcareous clayey soil in the middle and upper layers, where there is an abundance of pebbles typical of alluvial terrain. These soils offer high permeability and a variable water retention capacity.
The vines are, on average, 22 years old. However, some vines found in the estate are over 60 years old. The predominant grape variety is Tempranillo, followed by varieties such as Graciano, Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura.
Viñedos del Contino was a pioneer in Rioja in the production of single vineyard wines. The proximity of the vineyard to the winery allows meticulous and controlled winemaking process, allowing the freshly harvested grapes to be transferred quickly to the winery. The manual harvest as well as the vinification, is carried out separately, a plot by plot system. The fermentation takes place in small-capacity tanks, separating the grapes from different plots according to the variety and specific conditions of each vintage.
The microclimate, different types of soils and grape varieties all have an influence in the unique expression of our wines.