Sierra de Toloño

Sierra de Toloño
  • I am obsessed with natural acidity. Sierra de Tolono 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. This young winemaker who worked in France, New Zealand, and Italy before coming back to her native land translates the mountainous landscape into pure and expressive wines.

She has a small winery in Villabuena de Álava, where she works with steel, anforas, and old wood. From that area she also work on various micro-plots, being able to harvest multiple varietals from micro-terroirs 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 into the bottle. In Rivas de Tereso (650 m altitude) I have the vineyards of Sierra de Toloño (Red and White) and two top wines: La Dula, which is planted to Garnacha and Rivas de Tereso, planted to Tempranillo."

 

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB2010-16
Biodynamic
Raposo (Villabuena) Tempranillo
2016
Tempranillo
Raposo is the Tempranillo from Villabuena, aged in large oak barrels. Crunchy brambles and red cherry fruit segue into a palate that’s... Read More
Spain Rioja

DB1399-17
Biodynamic
Rioja Blanco
2017
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 Rioja

DB2003-16
Biodynamic
Caminos de Santa Cruz
2016
Tempranillo
(Formerly the Rivas de Tereso bottling!) This is Sierra de Toloño's ultimate expression of Tempranillo. From a single-vineyard planted on... Read More
Spain Rioja

DB2008-16
Biodynamic
La Dula
2016
Garnacha
This Garnacha comes from a vineyard planted in 1944, at 700 meters high. It ferments in 300 liter amphoras and stay on them for an year... Read More
Spain Rioja

DB0173-16
Biodynamic
NAHI
2016
Viura
From 5 parcels of 86-year-old, very low-yielding vines of 4 different varieties: Viura (49%), Malvasia (49%), Calagrana (1%) and Rojal (1... Read More
Spain Rioja

DB2003-15
Biodynamic
Rivas de Tereso
2015
Tempranillo
In only its second year of existence, Rivas de Tereso is clearly an important bottling for lovers of New Spain! From a single vineyard... Read More
Spain Rioja

DB1399-16
Biodynamic
Rioja Blanco
2016
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 Rioja

DB1633-16
Biodynamic
Rioja Tinto
2016
Tempranillo
100% Tempranillo from a high-altitude (600-750m) vineyard.  The grapes are 100% destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous and takes... Read More
Spain Rioja