Bodegas Garcia de Olano
One of Spain's most reputable small family wineries
A family owned and operated winery for several generations, Bodegas Garcia de Olano took its present form in 1991. Francisco Garcia de Olano and his sons Fernando, José Luis and Jorge set out to duplicate their family tradition in the Rioja Alavesa growing area. The family owns just less than 100 acres of prime vineyards where the grapes are mostly Tempranillo. Grown at elevations between 500 and 800 feet, the vines average around 40 years of age and are always referred to as “Old Vineyards.” An incredibly thick leaf canopy shades the grapes from the incessant summer sun, but requires attentive pruning to insure the correct shade/sun ratio.
The cellar at Bodegas Garcia de Olano was built in 2002 and is ultra-modern in both design and implementation. Great attention is paid to moon cycles that govern the winery’s farming practices that are often referred to as biodynamic wine growing.
The winery property includes a cave that dates back to the Muslim occupation of Spain in the 8th Century that housed the earlier winemaking attempts of the Garcia de Olano family. These early efforts were generally sold by the liter to local customers.
Today’s wines are sold internationally from grapes produced on the family’s estate vineyards. They have proven to be highly accepted in international competitions and are considered on par with many great international wines.
Fernando Garcia de Olano - Winemaker
Bodegas Garcia de Olano is another family-oriented winemaking team with older brother Fernando Garcia de Olano as the principal oenologist and winemaker. Siblings José Luis and Jorge also help in the winemaking as a team effort. Since their family has been in the wine business for many generations, the Garcia de Olano Family relies on their classical winemaking techniques to produce their award-winning wines.
Rioja Region D.O., Spain
The wine from Spain's regions are among the best in the world! Today, there are over 60 Spanish wine regions and the largest and most prominent of Spain’s vast growing regions is located in the country’s Northeast area, not far from the French border. Over 1,200 wineries dot this majestic landscape that has long produced Spain’s most respected wines.
Rioja Alavesa is a sub-area of Rioja that features arcillo-calcareous soil that allows it to absorb the necessary humidity for vines to flourish. The mountainous Sierra Cantabrias protect the vineyards from the cold north winds that frequent the area and provide numerous micro-climates.
Wines from the Rioja have been top award-winners in international competitions for many decades and represent the face of top Spanish wines around the globe.
The Flag of Spain
The current Spanish flag was adopted on December 19, 1981. Its design is divided into three horizontal stripes, with red on the top and bottom and yellow through the center. The Spanish coat of arms is placed at 1/3 the length of the flag (closest to the hoist) and it depicts the country’s rich culture and historical background.
The four quadrants of the coat of arms represent the four kingdoms that merged to become the United Kingdom of Spain near the end of the 15th century: 1) The Castle represents the kingdom of Castile; 2) The lion represents the kingdom of Leon; 3) Red/Yellow Stripes represent the kingdom of Aragon; and 4) The linked chains represent the kingdom of Navarre. The two columns symbolize the Pillars of Hercules and they have “plus ultra” written across them, meaning “further beyond” in Latin. This shows the Spanish discovery of America and its colonization.