Wine by the winery Bodegas Bilbaínas

Bordeaux-style Rioja wines

The century-old Bodegas Bilbaínas were born with a French heart and were established with a Riojan spirit. Bodegas Bilbaínas is the oldest bottling firm in La Rioja. It is the winery with the largest surface area of underground caves ("calados") in the whole region (3,400 m2). It also has the most extensive area of vineyards in the municipality of Haro. Since the beginning, the winery has been defined by its deep knowledge of the territory and the care in the production of its single-vineyard wines. These are extremely identified with the plots where they came from, hence their names: in 1911 Viña Pomal was created; in 1921, Viña Zaco; in 1923, the white wine Viña Paceta; and the range was extended in 1994 with La Vicalanda reserva, a distinguished and expressive wine that was born from the 9-hectare farm, selected in the vineyard area of Viña Pomal.

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Viña Pomal Rosado 2021

Fresh and sweet with varietal nuances

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Rosado 2021
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Price £9.17
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Ederra Crianza 2018

A traditional Rioja coupage

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Ederra Crianza 2018
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Price £7.85
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Viña Pomal Garnacha 2017

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Garnacha 2017
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£31.41
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Viña Paceta 2018

Young, fruity and very affordable

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Paceta 2018
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Price £7.73
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La Vicalanda Reserva 2016

Made by of one of Haro’s classic icons

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

La Vicalanda Reserva 2016
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La Vicalanda Reserva 2015

Made by of one of Haro’s classic icons

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

La Vicalanda Reserva 2015
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Price £20.80
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Viña Pomal Crianza 2018

The signature creation of Bodegas Bilbainas

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Crianza 2018
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Price £9.64
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Viña Pomal Reserva 2016

After more than 100 vintages, Viña Pomal Reserva continues to be a faithful...

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Reserva 2016
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Viña Zaco 2017

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Zaco 2017
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Viña Pomal Graciano 2015

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Graciano 2015
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Viña Pomal Maturana Blanca 2017

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Pomal Maturana Blanca...
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Ederra Reserva 2016

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Ederra Reserva 2016
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Price £11.21
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Viña Pomal Alto de la Caseta 2015

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

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La Vicalanda Gran Reserva 2015

The exquisite expression of a Tempranillo that will age well in the bottle

Spain   D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

La Vicalanda Gran Reserva 2015
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More about Bodegas Bilbaínas

We could write a huge book with Bodegas Bilbaínas's history. And it would be a fascinating one too. It is also an excellent example of the tremendous influence that French producers had on the implementation of the Bordeaux style in Riojan wines. The start of what is today Bodegas Bilbaínas goes back to 1859 when the Bordeaux firm Sauvignon Frères et Cie purchased vineyards in the area of Rioja Alta and built the winery Haro, at the site called Cantarranas, next to the railway station. Its primary activity was producing red crianza wines and export them to Bordeaux (France), a country that was then scourged by the phylloxera plague.

There are also documents from those days that reveal the production of sparkling wine, which as marketed as Champagne wine with the label Sauvignon Frères; this would be comparable to an original sin nowadays.

Years later, in 1901, when France had recovered from phylloxera, the winery Sauvignon Frères is taken over by a group of businessmen from Bilbao. With José Ángel Aurrecoechea and Santiago de Ugarte at the head, this winery was given its current name, Bodegas Bilbaínas.
Thanks to the great history of Bodegas Bilbaínas, its crianza red wine, Ederra, which is still produced, became the daily wine choice at the palace when Alfonso XIII reigned. For this reason, in 1925 the company was honoured to be the Supplier of the Royal Household and Heritage.

Another interesting anecdote of this period is the written proof of the commercial relationship between Bodegas Bilbaínas and some of the Champagne houses, such as Clicquot and Mercier, whose sparkling wines were dispatched from Haro ready to drink and with the original labels.
Furthermore, another curious fact was the one featured by Viña Pomal. It was one of the first Spanish wines to be marketed abroad, as in 1926 the winery had a bottling plant in London, from where it distributed Pomal all around England. This wine started to become quite popular in the country and, with time, it earned the standing it still has today. The fame that Viña Pomal reached in England was such that, in 1952, the head of the Bilbao London branch gifted the British PM, Winston Churchill, a box of Viña Pomal, which he sent directly to his house at Downing Street. This event was featured in the press, and on the 30 of January 1953, it was made known to the Board of Directors of Bodegas Bilbaínas.

As years went by, the winery started buying more vineyards, which began giving their names to its most emblematic wines: in 1911, Viña Pomal was born; in 1921, Viña Zaco; and in 1923, the white wine Viña Paceta. This tradition is still kept today. Currently, Bodegas Bilbaínas has 246 hectares of their own vineyards, mainly distributed in the Municipality of Haro, on the south-facing side of the Ebro valley, in the surroundings of the river mouth of the Tirón. More recently, since 1997, it is part of the Codorníu Group, which has most part of the shareholding.

The property and their work philosophy

North from Logroño, in the municipalities of Haro and Villalba, we can find the vineyards of Bodegas Bilbaínas. Its property, with 246 hectares, is located in the most privileged site of the wineries of La Rioja Alta. This makes it one of the largest and most excellent vineyards of the Riojan community, and which also stand out for the closeness of the farms to the wineries.
The prevailing vines are from the Tempranillo variety, although other red varieties like Grenache, Mazuelo and Graciano are also cultivated. Within the white varieties, Viura and Malvoisie stand out.

The work carried out in the vineyards shows that tradition is not incompatible with modernity. In the last few years, Bodegas Bilbaínas has performed a thorough renovation and modernisation of the vineyards. At the same time, they have brought together the respect for the century-old tradition, characteristic to the winery, with state-of-the-art technology. Their vast experience and the technology they have at the wineries have allowed them to modernise the vineyards to achieve sheer quality. 60% of the vines are trained in espalier, while the rest remain in the traditional vase-shape.

On the other hand, the winery is located in the famous town Barrio de La Estación de Haro. Perfectly preserved buildings from the 19th and beginning of the 20th century can be found neighbouring the winery. Surrounding them is a chestnut garden and three hundred-year-old sequoias, the symbol of the winery.
The main façade of the old buildings were refurbished in 1997. Since then, the centennial facilities have gone through a change of identity, which consisted of the renovation and construction of new premises.
The process entailed the refurbishment of the old buildings, the construction of the ageing warehouses where 17,000 barrels are stored, the renovation of the old winery, an investment in the production facilities, the expansion of the vineyards and the updating of its wines. The renovation of the facilities of Bodegas Bilbaínas started with the construction of a hall destined to the reception of the harvest, and the pressing and fermentation processes. Later on, a cellar was built for the ageing in barrels.

At the beginning of the 2000s, architect Domingo Triay began the works for the conversion of the old winery. After demolishing an old building that was situated at the entrance of the facilities, the underground passageway with concrete walls was built, giving access to the old French winery called Sauvignon. On the other hand, a street was built to access the winery, as well as a parking area for visitors. At the same time, the corridors a