Sierra de Toloño

  • Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain
Sierra de Toloño
  • I am obsessed with natural acidity. Sierra de Toloño is about the gift of freshness.

    —Sandra Bravo

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. In her small winery in Villabuena de Álava, where she works with steel, anforas, and old wood, this young winemaker translates the mountainous landscape into pure and expressive wines. She harvests multiple varieties from micro-terroirs over many small plots that together form a fresh, beautiful image of the area. In her own words: “I was studying Engineering and Enology in Rioja and then I was working in wineries of Bordeaux, Tuscany, New Zealand and California. When I came back to Spain, I spent 7 years in Priorat. All that experience gave me an open point of view to make different wines here in Rioja (where I come from). I have to say Priorat really influenced me to make artisanal wines, and to understand that the most important is the vineyard, the vineyard with soul.

When I came back to Rioja in 2012, I decided to make wines respecting what the vineyard give and always looking for freshness. I was in love with this area in Rioja Alavesa, calcareous soil, small plots, Mediterranean herbs and always North wind with high altitude (right in the mountain that gives my name’s project: Sierra de Toloño)... it was perfect! Because all of this my wines are really mineral.

The wines are fresh and not too oaky, I try to do minimal intervention in the cellar, then I can keep wines alive in bottle. In Rivas de Tereso (650m altitude) I have the vineyards of Sierra de Toloño (Red and White) and two more serious wines made with Tempranillo and Garnacha.

 
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Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB1399-20
Biodynamic
Sierra de Toloño Rioja Blanco
2020
Viura
100% Viura—an indigenous variety here—from biodynamically farmed vineyards, 1.5ha of which Sandra owns and 7.5 ha of which she rents. She... Read More
Spain

DB3489-20
Organic
Sierra de Toloño Rioja Rosado
2020
Tempranillo
60% Tempranillo 40% Garnacha from a high altitude vineyard in Álava.(700m). The grapes are 100% destemmed then partially macerated on the... Read More
Spain

DB9432-19
Organic
97TA
Sierra de Toloño Garnacha de Altura
2019
Garnacha
This is a first release from Sandra and it is almost hard to believe that the wine turned out so beautiful (let’s not forget that Sandra is... Read More
Spain

DB1633-19
Organic
92TA
Sierra de Toloño Rioja Tinto
2019
Tempranillo
100% Tempranillo from a high-altitude (600-750m) vineyard. The grapes are 100% destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous and... Read More
Spain

DB1633-20
Organic
Sierra de Toloño Rioja Tinto
2020
Tempranillo
100% Tempranillo from a high-altitude (600-750m) vineyard. The grapes are 100% destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous and... Read More
Spain

DB2010-18
Biodynamic
93TA
Sierra de Toloño Raposo Tempranillo
2018
Tempranillo
Raposo is the Tempranillo from Villabuena, aged in large oak barrels. Crunchy brambles and red cherry fruit.
Spain