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.