Bodegas Valdelacierva was founded in 1988 and is part of Grupo Hispano Bodegas, which has wineries in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rueda. Valdelacierva is located in the heart of the Rioja Alta (Navarrete) and has access to more than 125 hectares of vineyard, spread over small plots with old vines ranging in age from 25 to 130 years old. Valdelacierva can be seen as a rather young, expressive and dynamic winemaker who produces wines with the unmistakable stamp of the local terroir and with the tempranillo grape as a guide. The wines come from selected vineyards in the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briones, Baños de Ebro and Yécora. Master Oenologist, Emma Villajos Barja, has the overall responsibility of the winery, from the vineyard, making the wine to support the sales and marketing department. She describes herself as restless and dynamic and she has started developing new products and is experimenting with new techniques and production processes. Convinced that good wine comes from good quality grapes, over the years she has created a new vineyard by selecting the grapes in these most recognized areas on both banks of the Ebro, mainly in Rioja Alavesa. The wines are very balanced in terms of alcohol content, color and acidity. The volume and structure are nicely balanced, with soft and elegant flavors, predominantly fruity in younger wines and more velvety as the wines age. They are contemporary wines, full of power and freshness and a refined balance between fruit and wood, combining elegant “classic riojas” with new wines that are more modern in style.