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Sandra Bravo winemaker of Sierra de Tolono

The gift of freshness

High up in the foothills of the Sierra de Toloño, in Rioja Alavesa, Sandra Bravo works in some of the oldest, and highest altitude vineyards in Rioja, growing Garnacha, Tempranillo, Viura and some Graciano.  She has a small winery in Villabuena de Álava, where she works biodynamically with steel, amphoras, and old wood.

 

She was studying Engineering and Enology in Rioja and then was working in wineries of Bordeaux, Tuscany, New Zealand, and California. When she came back to Spain, she spent 7 years in Priorat.  All that experience open her view to make different wines here in Rioja. The influence of Priorat: to make artisanal wines, the importance of the vineyard not hard to find in her wine.

 

When she came back to Rioja in 2012, she was in love with the area in Rioja Alavesa, calcareous soil, small plots, Mediterranean herbs and always North wind with high altitude.

 

The wines are fresh and not too oaky, minimal intervention in the cellar,  and keep wines alive into the bottle.