An extensive valley
La Rioja is a natural region located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Its geography is characterised by the river Ebro which crosses the region from one end to another forming an extensive river depression. To the north and south of the valley a succession of mountains outline the horizon.
Between the Mediterranean and the north of Spain, between the heart of the European continent and its most westerly point La Rioja has, since ancient times, been used as a thoroughfare. Home to various cultures, and a border region between the first medieval kingdoms, La Rioja has always been the backdrop for incessant human movement. The best historical example is the Way of St. James: its route goes all the way to Compostela passing through the very heart of this extensive valley.
Region of wine
The remnants of the Roman occupation and, later, the influence of the monasteries from the Middle Ages bequeathed the entire region with a deeply entrenched wine-making legacy. Today its wine production is protected by the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin which covers more than 55,000 hectares of vineyards.
This surface area is divided into three large zones, reflecting its variety of geological, climatic and historical facets: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. The smallest of these is Rioja Alavesa, which extends from the rocky outcrops of the Cantabrian mountains to the bed of the river Ebro. Sunny and beautiful, this area is dedicated to vine growing and the making of red wines of the tempranillo grape variety. Its geography is a complex mosaic of vine plots distributed over 15 municipalities.
The shelter of the mountains
Whilst the Ebro valley is bathed in Mediterranean luminosity, the closeness to the Atlantic provides a fresh and humid influence. Rioja Alavesa brings together two very different climatic influences in a combination which is very favourable for vineyards and the quality of the wines.
Due to its geographical position on the southern slopes of the Cantabrian and Toloño mountains, the vineyards in this area are protected from the cold winds of the north.
The ideal substrate
The small and rough territory of Rioja Alavesa extends over multiple terraces, plots, slopes and hillocks of soils which are homogeneous and clayey-calcareous in character, with a yellowish ochre colour.
Sober, balanced, with moderate output and with just the right amount of nutrients: this type of soil combines optimum conditions for vine growing and for guaranteeing the stability and quality of the wine.
The queen grape
The tempranillo variety is the indisputable queen of Rioja Alavesa. Its agile vine stocks dominate the regional ravine, characterised by a brownish-grey colour in winter and a strong green in the heat of the summer. Its early and stable ripening, offers a firm, consistent, corpulent and elegant structure: fundamental for obtaining young wines with a lot of fruit, and also optimum for the creation of quality wines in oak casks. Tempranillo wines are elegant and deep with an aromatic complexity full of nuances.
The southern most of the villages in Rioja Alavesa has an unmistakeable image: from the distance its silhouette is marked by the two towers of San Andrés church which dominate the historical centre.
The urban part of Elciego, with its emblazoned houses bears witness to a rich past. The key to this ancient setting is in the town surroundings, in the vines and wineries distributed throughout the municipality. During the late 19th century, the foundations were laid for the modernisation of the wine-growing activity in Spain.
Viña Eguía Gran Reserva
The brightness of splendor
Nobility, brilliance and perfection. This extraordinary fruit of earth and time is like a light connecting the present with the best of tradition. Pure character.
The Viña Eguía Gran Reserva displays an intense cherry red coulour with brick tones. Its complex aroma exalts very ripe red berries, spices, tobacco and fine leathers. A majestic integration offering deep flavours in mouth with delicate nuances and a long and velvety finish. A wine for great moments and for a sumptuous and honest gastronomy. Perfect with all sorts of meats, stews and cured cheese.
Viña Eguía Reserva
An experienced seducer
The attraction of experience and the strength of maturity. An accomplished intense Reserva able to fulfill, convince and fascinate.
Its powerful structure holds a surprise: retains an agile, vivid and highly complex taste. Viña Eguía Reserva displays the balance and assurance of the great wines and offers excellent pairing opportunities: perfect with roasted and grilled meats and ideal with flavorful fish and all sorts of cheese, particularly interesting with chocolate puddings and desserts.
Viña Eguía Crianza
The strength of the vineyard, the climate, the land of Rioja Alavesa: these natural features merge to inspire careful maturation, 12 months in American oak barrels express freshness and elegance.
Viña Eguía Crianza is full of aroma and energy, vitality and taste. A perfect wine for all sorts of meats and mid-cured cheese. Ideal to share during aperitifs and tapas.
Viña Eguia Blanco
A Vibrant Mediterranean Light
Viura is the great Riojan white variety. Its energy and balanced body are perfect to produce a wine that stand for the best virtues: freshness, pleasant palate and excellent qualities to match with food. It is perfect for fish, seafood, salads, soft cheeses. And an ideal companion whilst drinking with friends.
Vina Eguia Rosado
The Kind Life
Our rosé is a the son of tradition and at the same time represents the commitment to the values of a young and contemporary consumption. Produced with both the native varieties Tempranillo and Grenache, its flavour is synonymous with joy and vitality. That is why it is so suitable for tapas drinking by the glass. Very suitable with appetizers, starters, pasta dishes and poultry recipes.
Vina Eguia Tempranillo
The energy of Genuine
A wonderful door to Rioja red wine. Fresh and vibrant, this red enhances all the gifts of the Tempranillo variety thanks to a careful short aging. Its six months in oak barrels provide a pleasant softness that make it perfect to harmonize with elaborate tapas, sausages, grilled meats and stews. A rich and lively pleasure that introduces us to the best wines of our region.
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Elciego, Rioja Alavesa