Unprecedented quality, diversity, and value
The brother /sister team of Carlos and Pilar Martinez Bujanda Iribarria own Viña Bujanda that was established in the small village of Oyon near the City of Logrono in Spain’s esteemed Rioja region. While this undertaking is relatively young (founded in 2009), the family has been making wines for more than a century. Carlos and Pilar are the fifth generation to be involved in the family wine business. They carry on the ideals established in 1889 by founder Joaquin Martinez-Bujanda.
The Rioja was the first region to achieve D.O. (appellation) status in 1925 and was promoted to D.O.C.a in 1991, a much more specific appellation. Fruit comes from an estate that consists of 14 separate parcels ranging from 20 – 60 years old. Grapes from both the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa sub-regions are part of the final blends of this unique wine.
The Atlantic influence is more prominent in the Rioja Alta than the Rioja Alavesa and provides a balanced set of factors that make this classic wine extremely complex and enduring.
Lauren Rosillo - Winemaker
Lauren Rosillo holds multiple agricultural degrees including enology from the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain. He has published numerous papers related to grapes, soils and other related subjects. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis in enology. Rosillo was formerly winemaker at Bodega Manuel Mananeque in the Albacete Province before joining Familia Martinez Bujanda as its winemaker and technical director.
La Rioja - Region
Grapes from two sub regions of the great Rioja (north central Spain), the Rioja Alta and the Rioja Alavesa comprise this unique selection. Located on the western edge of the region and at higher elevations than the other areas, the Rioja Alta is known more for its "old world" style of wine. A higher elevation for the vines equates to a shorter growing season, which in turn produces brighter fruit flavors and a wine that is lighter on the palate.
Despite sharing a similar climate to its sister region the Alta Rioja, the Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a fuller body and degrees of higher acidity. Most vineyards are planted with low density that allows for more spacing between rows. Primary factor is the relatively poor conditions of the soil that necessitate the vines, requiring more distance from each other to properly utilize nutrients in the surrounding soil.