Founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza the Bodega is located in the village of Samaniego, at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. Fernando, previously the largest vineyard broker in the region, now owns 68 hectares of prime vineyard spread across more than 100 plots in the Rioja Alavesa, where the average vine age is 60 years old.
Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza’s quest for perfection is truly admirable and Fernando has implemented very strict selection procedures. Crucially, as the grape bunches pass along the sorting table Fernando ensures that the “hombros” (grape bunch shoulders) are separated from the “puntas” (bunch tips). This is to ensure only the higher quality “hombros”, that are richer in both colour and tannins, are selected for the reserve wines. Basket presses are used for fermentation of the red wines, protected by wrapping the outside in polythene to try to avoid oxidisation of the skins. For Fernando, quality is all that matters.