SPAIN | RIOJA ALAVESA | GORREBUSTO
ABOUT BODEGA TORRE SAN MILLÁN
The Martínez family has been tending to the vines of these vineyards for generations around the village of Gorrebusto whose history dates back to the 12th century. When it came time to build the new winery the family decided to be as respectful of architectural tradition as they are in the making of their wines, building the new structure faithfully in the style of the ancient buildings around it.
ABOUT RIOJA ALAVESA
Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, Spain. It is situated to the north of the River Ebro. The ash-colored Cantabrian mountains dominate the landscape here, towering over the zone to the north. It is the closest of the three sub-zones to the Atlantic Ocean and thus the one most influenced by its cooling effects. The soil on the slopes and terraces where the vines are grown is rich in chalky clay and limestone, resulting in wines that are characterful and rich in extract. Annual rainfall is 20 inches on average, which forces the roots to burrow deep into the soil in search of water.