This historic winery is the top vineyard owner in La Rioja Alta.
One of the most important wineries in La Rioja, Bodegas Bilbaínas was created by a group of wine merchants from Bilbao in 1901. In 1925, the creation of the DO Rioja was approved by the Spanish government. Since that day, all of the wines from Bodegas Bilbaínas have been produced following the official regulations of the DO Rioja.
The proprietor of 250 hectares of vineyards, 130 of which surround the winery’s technical facility, Bodegas Bilbaínas is the biggest landowner in the Rioja Alta region. The vineyards are planted with the traditional Rioja varieties. The red ones are Tempranillo, Maturana and Graciano; the white grapes are Viura, Malvasía, White Tempranillo and White Grenache.
The best-known brand of the winery is Viña Pomal, a fine example of traditional Rioja whose first wines were released over a century ago, in the year 1904. La Vicalanda and Ederra are two examples of what has been sometimes called modern Rioja. Finally, Bodegas Bilbaínas markets sparkling wines under two brand names: Royal Carlton and Lumen.
The wines are produced exclusively from grapes sourced from estate-owned vineyards, which are then vinified at the Bodegas Bilbaínas facility. Picked by hand, only the very best grapes make it to the vinification tanks, where they are fermented following traditional methods. After that, the wines are aged for variable periods of time in new and used French oak barrels. Finally, the wines rest for some time in the bottle before hitting the market.
- Year of foundation: 1901
- Address: Calle Estación, 3
- City: Haro
- Province: Logroño
- Zip code: 26200
- Country: Spain
- Phone number: + 34 610 486 999 / + 34 610 486 968 / + 34 610 486 893
- Guided visits? Yes
- Wine tourism services? Yes
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