ownerFernando Remírez de Ganuza
- Vineyard Area: 104 ha
- Soil Type: Limestone, clay
- Varieties Cultivated: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura, Malvasia
- Annual Production: 200,000 bottles
- Country: Spain
- Winemaker: Fernando Remírez de Ganuza
Founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, the estate 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 104 hectares of vineyards 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 reflected in his very strict selection procedures and pioneering winemaking techniques. He was the first to harvest in small baskets in the region, and also the first to separate out the shoulders and tips of the bunches to preserve only the best grapes for the top wines.
The business originally developed by Fernando in the 1970s and 1980s in Rioja Alavesa, involved the buying and selling of former vineyards. This meant he had the knowledge to select the most suitable plots in the region to carry out his new project.
Over the years, new techniques have been introduced for crafting and ageing wines making Remírez de Ganuza both innovative and pioneering producers. Innovation has been a particular feature with new improvements being incorporated regularly to raise the quality of the wines produced. These improvements include sorting tables, cold rooms and the use of new barrels for the ageing of the wines. The innovations may well have been widely adopted by other internationally renowned producers but this was certainly not the case when Remírez de Ganuza first used them. Other procedures like the bag used for the extraction of the Trasnocho wine or the machine used to wash the grapes in their own must are examples of the continuous process of innovation and the search for excellence which are hallmarks of Remírez de Ganuza.
In 2010 Jose Ramon Urtasun joined the enterprise started by Fernando thus setting in motion a new phase for Bodegas Remirez de Ganuza.
The winery is in the centre of Samaniego, Álava. Surrounded by a hamlet of rambling old buildings, the winery comprises modern concrete buildings covered with original old brickwork in keeping with the traditional architecture of the local area.
Grouped around a large central courtyard divided by a natural waterway, the buildings making up the winery have their own separate purpose in the various stages of the crafting of the wine: an area for the barrels, cellars, cold rooms and a selection area. The traditional architecture of the winery complete with an interior made of hundred-year-old oak beams contrasts with pioneering and innovative modern methods.
The vineyards are made up of more than eighty hectares of tempranillo, viura and malvasía grape. They are spread out over six plots in the Cantabrian mountain range: Samaniego, Leza, Elciego, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Laguardia and Abalos. In selecting these plots, careful consideration was given to the habitat, microclimate and orientation, as well as the low yield of the vines with an average age of fifty years. This large area comprising the estate allows us to be self-sufficient using only premium quality grape.