Founded over a century ago close to the pilgrimage route known as Ruta Jacobea (St. James’s Way), from which their Rioja Don Jacobo gets its name. Bodegas Corral is situated in the heart of La Rioja.
Javier Martínez, has been exporting his Don Jacobo Riojas to the UK exclusively to Matthew Clark for more than two decades; for him, constructing the wine is not only about tradition or modern consumer tastes, but balance, ‘Yes, you must respond to your consumers’ changing tastes, but you must never be a slave to fashion’, he says.
Javier believes, ‘You will never be able to make a good wine from bad grapes’; he further adds, ‘Therefore, the personal control and selection of the best grape quality during the harvest is one of the most important pillars to produce great wines.’ Javier’s philosophy for quality was recently rewarded when four of his wines were judged ‘Excellent’ in the Peñin Guide to Spanish Wines 2011: including the Reserva 2004, the Gran Reserva 1995 and the Altos 2002.
Bodegas Corral produce an organic Rioja; made from an equal blend of sustainable and organically farmed Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes.