Sierra Cantabria

Founded in 1957 by Guillermo Eguren, Sierra Cantabria is in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a town of great winemaking tradition (San Vicente is the patron saint of grape growers).  The vineyards are situated in La Rioja Alavesa, between the 1,200-metre Sierra Cantabria mountain range to the north and the River Ebro to the south.  This creates a special local climate, with Atlantic wind and rain tempered by milder, Mediterranean influences.  Although the grape Tempranillo takes its name from ‘temprano’ (early), high up in Rioja Alavesa it ripens late.  Sierra Cantabria’s highest vineyards are at about 600m elevation, and in 2009 the grape harvest was completed in the snow!

Sierra Cantabria's wines are made in some jaw-dropping underground cellars, which total almost three kilometres of tunnels across three different locations.  In the middle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra is the family’s oldest winery – Señorio de San Vicente – which dates back to the 1870s.  Since 1991, it has been dedicated exclusively to the production of just one wine, coming from one vineyard, ‘La Canoca’, in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountains.  The Egurens were keen to nurture the almost extinct Tempranillo Peludo (‘Hairy Tempranillo), which ripens exceptionally late, yields low and produces fabulously characterful and concentrated wine.

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  1. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Amancio

    Ripe black fruit, liquorice and toasted notes on the nose with a powerful palate of plum, sweet oak and balanced acidity.

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    £120.00
  2. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Colección Privada

    Absolutely gorgeously delicious; marvellous for its concentration married to delicacy.  Spectacular - bravo!

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    £52.50
  3. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Garnacha

    Elegant and well balanced, this wine has red cherry and pomegranate flavours, scented oak and a spicy undertone.

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    £18.50
  4. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Reserva

    Aromas of intense cherry,  tobacco and cedar, with ripe fruit and floral essences. Elegant on the palate with very fine tannins.

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    £25.00
  5. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Rosado

    Beautifully delicate, raspberries and rose petals - lots of personality. Fabulous wine! Learn More

    £11.95
  6. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Blanco

    Crisp, silky and delicate with primary fresh citrus fruit, apricots and a hint of vanilla. Learn More

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    £15.95
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  7. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja El Bosque

    The richest and most complex of the Sierra Cantabria wines. Plush, spicy and peppery with layers of black fruits complemented by oak, fine tannins and a flourish of acidity

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    £120.00
  8. Rioja Señorio de San Vicente

    A sensational, must-try wine with unforgettable intensity and complexity, that is irresistible young but deserves a few years in the cellar. Learn More

    £49.50
  9. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Reserva Única

    Magnificently refined, classy Rioja from one of the region’s most impressive estates.

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    £26.50
  10. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Gran Reserva

    Colossally complex, sumptuous, beautifully mature Rioja Gran Reserva crafted by Marcos Eguren, widely regarded to be Spain's greatest living winemaker. Awesome wine, outstanding quality. Learn More

    £32.50
  11. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Crianza

    A succulent, elegant Crianza Rioja crafted by Marcos Eguren, who is widely regarded as Spain’s greatest winemaker. Learn More

    £15.95
  12. Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Blanco Reserva Organza

    A real eye-opener, and a must-try for anyone who appreciates great white Burgundy. Learn More

    £25.00