- SILVER (2009) Sommelier Wine Awards 2014
About the wine maker
Established in 1973, Viñedos del Contino is a single vineyard estate producing a small selection of wines including the prized Graciano and Viña del Olivio, regarded as one of the best modern wines in Spain. Winemaker Jesús Madrazo, son of the founder, strives to be at the forefront of Riojan fine wine making whist preserving established traditions.
The 60 hectare estate dates from the 16th century, and is located in a bend in the River Ebro; here the particular microclimate provides superb grape-growing conditions for the production of these top wines.
It has always been their philosophy to approach the crafting and ageing of their wines with a nod to the past and eye for the future; much experimentation has taken place such as ageing in different barrels. Contino has also pioneered the comeback of the forgotten Riojan variety Graciano, which now appears as a significant part of their Rioja blends.
The name Contino refers to the royal guard of 100 soldiers who continually, 'de contino', guarded the King and his family. One of their members, Don Pedro de Samaniego, was rewarded for his loyalty with the property, now home to Contino. In 1973, Contino established the concept of the 'Bordeaux Château' in Rioja, creating the first single estate Rioja.