A VILLAGE WITH ROOTS
Tudelilla is a village in the heart of the Rioja Designation of Origin area (DOCa Rioja), in the part known as Rioja Baja, 37 km north-east of the regional capital, Logroño, at an altitude of 545m above sea level.
Its soil is rich in edaphological terms with a low organic matter content, a clay-calcareous profile and an unusually large amount of small and medium-sized pebbles that give the soil its own particular grape-growing characteristics, to produce a “vino de pueblo” or village wine.
Tudelilla has a long wine tradition with ancient vineyards where the vines are grown in the traditional goblet shape and other more recent plantations based on more modern grape-growing techniques in which the vines are trained along espaliers.
There is also a long list of former “cosecheros”, workers who used to make wine for their own consumption and later on began producing for sale in bulk, and finally in bottles as an end product.
Today, Tudelilla is making the most of all this potential developed over the years and offers the wine world unique wines and vineyard landscapes.
La Pedriza is not only a neighbourhood or agricultural area of Tudelilla, with hundred-year-old vines of proven quality, La Pedriza is a concept in itself. The large number of pebbles in its soils produces clearly distinguishable idiosyncrasies in its grapes, ancient garnachas and deep tempranillos.
This area covers approximately 700 hectares of scrubland, almond fields and vineyards, all of which are sheltered by the nearby mountains, which create authentic climatic peculiarities such as a reduced risk of frost and a controlled level of humidity in the summer.
This set of features and factors, together with the particularities of the soil (pebbles, low organic matter) create a unique grape-growing microcosm, which has allowed us to develop the “village wine” we are looking for, and proudly define as such - the wine of Tudelilla.