Gran Familia Rioja comes from Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor, located near Briones at the heart of Rioja Alta. This winery belongs to a family with one of the longest traditions in Rioja winemaking and our winemaker has access to some of the finest vineyards in Rioja.
The vines, with an average age of 30 years, are grown in top class Rioja Alta vineyards with soils composed of clay and limestone. The grapes are picked between mid-September and the end of October. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 26 ̊c. When fermentation is complete, the wine is racked into barrels for 8 months. Selection of barrels is of particular importance in Rioja where oak is such a critical element in winemaking. For Gran Familia we chose to put 50% of the wine into American oak barrels and 50% into French oak barrels. This results in the perfect balance of fruit and oak.