Bodegas Castillo de Sajazarra currently has 49 hactares of its own vineyards in Rioja, spread over 24 different plots. (more)
All of these are located around the winery or at least within 3 kilometres of it.
The Tempranillo grape variety is the most common with 42 hectares, followed by Graciano with 5, Garnacha with 1 and Viura with 1. The considerable altitude of between 540 and 680 metres, together with the closeness to the Cantabric sea of 85 kilometres as the crow flies, means that we are in the area of la Rioja with the highest Atlantic influence, which can also be noticed in our wines.
The annual rainfall is around 600 litres a year, fairly well distributed throughout the year and with regular snowfalls, meaning that there is no irrigation. Our location between a valley area and another mountainous one means that we receive wind for over 300 days a year, which helps us to be an area with no problems with insects and very few problems with fungus. Against our biggest enemies are larger animals.
Wild boars, roe deer, stags, rabbits, and birds are the first to enjoy our grapes every year. The soils are calcareous clay and very poor, these being the most suitable for the growing of vines in Rioja. Our objective is to reach the harvest date with the highest healthy and exposed foliar surface area as possible, with a reasonable production of between 4,000 and 6,000 kilos per hectare, with small, healthy bunches separated from each other showing correct polyphenolic maturity.
In order to achieve these objectives we have to maximise our yield levels by intensely thinning out grapes in summer and making selective leaf strippings. The great temperature difference between night and day, especially from August onwards, also contributes to said maturity.
Given our location and micro climate, the harvest is very late, between 10th October and 5th November and usually the last ones in La Rioja.