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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:

A) Stony alluvial soils (35% of the total area), which produce finer wines of greater aromatic complexity. These are alluvial terraces made up of deposits from the Najerilla River before it flows into the Ebro.  There are many stones (approximately 70% of every cubic metre). This part of the vineyard has a low yield and balanced vigour. The wines obtained are aged for short periods, and very silky with moderate tannins.
B) Predominantly limestone and clay soils, which make up 55% of the total area. Shallow to average depth, making it harder for the vine’s roots to take hold, although plants over 15 years old reach a perfect balance with their environment. The vines are grown using the practice of dry farming (without irrigation) because this makes it easier for them to obtain the necessary moisture very gradually over the summer. The resulting wines are more highly concentrated and full-bodied, with a strong personality. They are suitable for longer ageing periods.
C) 10% of the total area, situated between Uruñuela and Nájera, covers a more fertile part of the vineyard that results in later maturation and is planted with vines destined to produce wines to be consumed young. Fruitier wines are obtained due to the freshness of the soil. 

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