Some of our secrets take place in a great hall without intermediate pillars, where fruit, oak and time mark their own rhythm.
An airy space
Our barrel cellar is home to a completely automatic stacking, racking and temperature-control system that is the only one of its kind in the world. In this way we can work and experiment with a wide range of types of oak in a unique setting that allows us to age each variety separately and in a personalised manner, as if it were a tailor-made suit.
Our barrel-ageing hall is 80 x 80 metres in size. The pillars on which this great vault of laminated wood is supported are designed to emulate the buttresses in ancient cathedrals. Constructed on the northern face of the historic winery, its orientation and location help not only to reduce energy consumption but also help maintain the temperature and humidity of the hall in a homogenous manner from the floor to the very last barrel.
Pyramids of barrels
Traditionally in Rioja, the barrels were stacked on sleepers, up to five storeys high. However, our barrel hall has a unique pyramid system that allows us to age separately according to the grape variety and origin, differentiating between parcels and villages. Only at the end, just before bottling, do we make the definitive blend.
Our wines faithfully reflect the vineyard, the parcels and the varieties that they come from. The barrel ageing is carried out with respect for the grape variety and terroir, allowing their full expression. Care for the raw material remains our key maxim, down to each and every detail, including the selection of oak. French, American, Russian, Hungarian, Spanish and hybrid barrels (American oak staves and French oak bottoms) – which we pioneered the use of – with different levels of toast, which we select and renew periodically.