RODA, Rioja

From the very beginning, in 1987, the philosophy at Roda has been to combine extensive research and modern wine-making with traditional viticulture ans sustainability. Old bush vines are dry farmed, with cover crops between them.

Initially, there were two wines, Roda I & Roda II (later re-named simply Roda). The radical (for Rioja) thought behind this was to produce Roda I from parcels which are dominated by dark fruit character, whilst the Roda is made from parcels where there is more red fruit evident.

Cirsion is a newer concept, which saw a very small number of the oldest vines selected for their unusually silky tannins. Year on year it was found that these vines produce berries of a complexity and finesse that set them apart from the rest. The quality of the tannins is such that extended barrel ageing is not required to soften them. The wines for Cirsion spend less than 10 months in barrique, compared with 14-16 months for the Roda I.

Cirsion is only produced in tiny quantities and has become one of the most sought after wines in Spain.
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