Bodegas Ontañón was founded more than 25 years ago with the philosophy of a family winery, respectful of the territory and the native Rioja grape varieties. A philosophy that endures and is strengthened with each vintage. “The vineyard is one of our fundamental pillars. We currently cultivate some 250 hectares of our own vineyards with the most essential grape varieties of our appellation in the Sierra de Yerga area, both on the Alfaro side and in the Cidacos Valley, in Quel, which is where our family origins lie,” explains Raquel Pérez Cuevas, the winemaker.
Her parents, Gabriel and Mari Luz, inherited the vineyards from their ancestors’ lands on the high slopes of the Sierra de Yerga in Rioja Oriental. When Gabriel took over the reins in the early 1980s he began to make his own wine. Together with his father, Goyo, he was determined to create a wine that embodied the Quel region, where his family had deep roots and where he was convinced that great quality wines could be born. Since then, Ontañón has been committed to the vineyards of these unique terrains, defining the soul and style of the winery.
“Bodegas Ontañón, vintage after vintage, delivers the enthusiasm for the art of winemaking, with the same dedication that caring for a new living being demands and deserves until it becomes an adult”, says Raquel. She adds that Ontañón is not just a winery, but a whole philosophy. It is years of work and enthusiasm, both in the vineyards, which are our pillars, and in the combination of wine and art. We understand winemaking as a craft that takes us back to the origins of Mediterranean civilisation.
The winery itself is set up like a real museum and the bottles and barrels naturally share the same space with the works of art that captivate visitors from the very first moment.
The uniqueness also lies in the fact that classical mythology is the backbone of most of the works on display. Pairings, gastronomy and beauty.