Project Description

Bodegas Sonsierra

La Rioja Alta

Named Cooperative of the Year by Tim Atkin MW in his Rioja Special Report 2021 & 2019

Named Cooperative of the Year by Tim Atkin MW in his Rioja Special Report 2019 & 2021.

Founded in 1962, Bodegas Sonsierra is the best-known producer in San Vincente de la Sonsierra, the most awarded wine producing town in Rioja and Spain. With over 1,500 vineyards, ranging from 400–750 metres above sea level, the winery either directly owns or manages over 30% of all vineyards in Rioja Alta’s Sonsierra area.

With over 136 growers, spanning 516 hectares of vineyards, Bodegas Sonsierra is a collaborative effort, with all members very supportive to the management’s forward-thinking, innovative strategies. Blessed with huge vineyard diversity, from altitude and age perspectives; 20 to 130 year old vines, chief winemaker Rafa Usoz, oversees the handpicking and sorting of all vineyard parcels. 

Uniquely, under the new “Viñedos Singulares” (Single Vineyard) classification, Bodegas Sonsierra also boasts nine of these special designation vineyards, more than any other Rioja producer. They amplified this in 2020 with the creation of an entirely separate new winery for their Viñedos Singulares wines, an investment permitting winemaking which means the highest possible standards for these limited-supply, revered wines.

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Wines

Perfume de la Sonsierra

This is Bodegas Sonsierra’s flagship wine, made from 100% Tempranillo grapes selected from the highest quality old vineyards, over 40 years old. Very aromatic and velvety, powerful and well structured.

2014

Pagos de la Sonsierra

Sourced from a selection of the highest quality old vines, this 100% Tempranillo is fermented in new French oak barrels, which it is then aged in for 16 months before 26 months of bottle ageing.

2014
2013

Sonsierra Gran Reserva

Handpicked from old vineyards, from 35 to 80 years old located on the higher slopes of the Cantabrian Mountain Range, and aged for a minimum of 24 months in barrel and 36 in bottle. Powerful yet harmonious and elegant on the palate, with a long velvety finish that gives it the personality of a mature wine.

2012

Sonsierra Reserva

12 months in American (70%) and French (30%) oak Bordeaux-type barrels and a minimum of 24 months of bottle aging provide a well-rounded and velvety texture, as well as complex spiciness and delicate toast aromas.

2013

Sonsierra Crianza

Made from 100% Tempranillo harvested by hand from vineyards located in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, this has been aged for 12 months in large American barrels before a minimum of 3 months in bottle.

2017
2015 (Magnum)

Sonsierra Tempranillo Blanco

Made from 100% handpicked Tempranillo Blanco. This minority variety is exclusive to the La Rioja DO and delivers a captivating and expressive white with floral notes and a silky texture.

2018

Bodegas Sonsierra Selección Viura

Made from handpicked 100% Viura grapes from old vineyards, more than 40 years old, located in the Sonsierra region, at the heart of Rioja Alta.

2020
2019

Bodegas Sonsierra Selección Rosado

Made from handpicked 100% Tempranillo grapes from old vineyards, more than 40 years old, located in the Sonsierra region, at the heart of Rioja Alta.

2020
2019

Bodegas Sonsierra Selección Tempranillo

Made from handpicked 100% Tempranillo grapes from old vineyards, more than 40 years old, located in the Sonsierra region, at the heart of Rioja Alta.

2019

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