The Bodegas Patrocinio philosophy has always been that “quality wines start with the vine”, because both the weather conditions throughout the year and the physical-chemical properties of the vineyard soil make ours a prime location within La Rioja for the production of grapes for high-quality wines. Twenty-two different soil types have been identified at Bodegas Patrocinio.
Our vineyard extends across 525 hectares around the winery at a height above sea level of between 450 and 590 metres.
Positioned in the heart of the Rioja Alta, in the Najerilla Valley, it is surrounded by mountains both to the north, with the Sierra de Cantabria, and to the south, with the Sierra de la Demanda. The Ebro River to the north and its tributaries, the Najerilla in the west and the Yalde in the south, also have a strong influence on the character of our vineyards.
We enjoy the typical climate of the Rioja Alta, a predominantly Mediterranean climate with significant Atlantic influences. Rainfall stands at around 430 l/m2 and the harvest period is preceded by several weeks of dry weather, hot days and cold nights, which greatly favours ripening. In the area, Tempranillo fully ripens over a period of 40 days before harvest, enabling it to achieve optimum alcoholic and phenolic maturity every year.
The relief of the land forms successive terraces and slopes with a predominantly west-northwest orientation.
It is divided into three areas according to altitude, terrain type and the wines obtained from the land:
Area 1: between 450 and 490 metres above sea level, a plateau of alluvial soil suitable for young red wines and rosés. These soils contain plenty of gravel and have a light texture.
Area 2: an altitude between 490 and 550 metres, comprising two plateaus joined by a slope, with 40 % alluvial soil in the flat areas and 60 % ferrous clay on the slopes, suitable for white wines and crianzas for medium-term drinking (5 years).
Area 3: an altitude between 550 and 590 metres, comprising a slope and a plateau on calcareous clay soils, suitable for producing long-lasting crianza reds and reservas, as well as the plots forming our Selected Harvest project.