The greatest heritage and origin of the character of our wines is the incredible Bodegas Patrocinio vineyard. With an area of 525 hectares, we have a wide array of soil types, varieties, average ages and microclimates at our disposal, providing us with various canvases for growing classic varieties of Rioja. This enables us to produce different styles of wines, all with the distinctive Riojan character, and above all replicate the results year after year, since the grapes originate from the same area.
We spent four years studying the soil in our plantations as part of a joint research project with the Centre for Research and Technological Development of Agri-food (CIDA), which reports to the Directorate-General of Quality, Research and Rural Development of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development of La Rioja. This gave us one of the most accurate soil maps in La Rioja.
Uruñuela is situated on the lower reaches of the Najerilla River. 70% of our vineyards are located in Uruñuela and the rest between the neighbouring municipalities of Cenicero and Huércanos. It is bordered by the Cantabrian mountain range to the north and the Demanda mountains to the south. It is also surrounded by three rivers: the Ebro to the north, the Yalde to the south and the Najerilla to the west – from which this beautiful valley takes its name.
Uruñuela benefits from the typical Rioja Alta climate: a predominantly Mediterranean climate with significant Atlantic influences. The annual rainfall stands at 430 l/m2 and harvest season is preceded by several weeks of dry weather, hot days and cool nights, which significantly favours maturation. Tempranillo matures fully in this sub-region over a period of 40 days between veraison and harvesting, so it reaches optimum alcoholic and phenolic maturity every year.
Our most distinguishing feature is the tremendous diversity of our soils. We have identified up to 22 different soil types that may be divided into three large groups: