THE VINEYARD ZACONIA - Viña Gravonia wine comes from our vineyard called “Viña Zaconia”. The vineyard is 0.12 miles from the winery and close to the Ebro River. Its height is 1,116 feet above sea level. The soil is stony, the roots of the vines go deep, and ensure very balanced, ripe grapes. Viña Zaconia has a surface of 59 acres, all of them Viura grape. Historically, the wines coming from that vineyard were called “Viña Zaconia”.
Region/Sub- Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 100% Viura.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Grapes are crushed immediately releasing their must with as little contact with skins as possible. Spontaneous fermentation in 16,000L vats.
Aging: 4 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per and at least 5 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Dried tropical notes, citrus curd, and baking spice.
Taste: Freshness on the palate overlaid by the tannins and lignins of older oak with a pleasing touch of acidity.
Gastronomy: Tapas, any kind of fish, shellfish, and poultry.
Color: Slightly developed pale gold.
Talking About the Wines:
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Sept '22 gave 94 points to 2014 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “The really good 2014 R. López de Heredia ‘Vina Gravonia’ Crianza Rioja Blanco is 100% Viura wine which was stored for four years in 225L American oak barrels and then for an additional five years in the bottle. Salted Macadamia nut aromas combine with white rose petals, toasty oak and suggestions of lime blossom. Very silky on the approach, this deftly glides throughout the drinking experience, showing a great combination of weight and elegance. Finishing exceedingly long, this is stunning Viura wine that is best consumed now and over the next ten years.”
-International Wine Report, Aug '22 gave 95 points to 2014 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “The 2014 Viña Gravonia is simply outstanding in this vintage. This beautifully aged, one-of-a-kind white is made from 100% Viura and aged 4 years in American oak barrels followed by an additional 5 years in bottle before release. It begins with inviting aromas of lemon zest, overripe quince, honeysuckle, almonds and hints of candied pineapple all emerging from the glass. The palate is gorgeous, displaying excellent balance with pretty acidity adding in lovely sense of freshness to complement the aged character. This is always a fantastic wine, but the 2014 is the most impressive release that I can recall.”
-Wine Advocate, Aug '22 gave 95 points to 2014 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “The 2014 Viña Gravonia Blanco always smells of the cellar with some mushroomy aromas and flavors, and it’s very classical, with 12.5% alcohol, more vibrant than the 2015 I tasted next to it. To María José López de Heredia, Gravonia has to be very fresh with citrus freshness and some nuttiness but without the bitterness of the aged Tondonia, which they compare with the Carbonieux and such wines from Graves. These are ancient vines, and the grapes are pristine.” They bottled later because of COVID-19, and the extra time was spent mostly in oak vat but maybe some in barrel…”