The Winery

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Founded in 1937 in Laguardia, Álava.

Solar Viejo

Protected by the cold winds of the Rioja Alavesa, in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, and with the exceptional setting of the medieval village of Laguardia, the Solar Viejo wineries have been making wines with singular personality for more than 75 years with Rioja Designation of Origin.

The original winery was founded in one of the emblematic manors of Laguardia, within the walled enclosure of the villa. It was there that the first Solar Viejo was developed, the icon of the winery. The current facilities, built over 30 years ago, are in the vicinity of the town and preserve the essence of that original experience.

Vineyards that incorporate the expressiveness of a demanding land with excellent wine, a traditional production method and the incorporation of new technologies are the three pillars on which Solar Viejo is established, a benchmark for the oldest D.O. in Spain.

Vanesa Insausti, Enóloga

“The word wine inspires many memories. The first that comes to mind is the smell of wine from the very first winepress I saw when I was little; this was, for me, unmistakable. I was 5 years old and still did not know that wine would be a fundamental part of my life, but this memory was a special moment that would accompany me throughout my entire personal and professional experiences.

During my winemaking career in various wineries, I’ve been able to discover every day why and how to develop a Tempranillo de Rioja in different areas: the elegance of Rioja Alta that I discovered in Briones, the colour intensity that I found in Rioja Baja, and I was constantly surprised by the fruity aromas and structure of Rioja Alavesa.

Since I started working at Solar Viejo Wineries in 2007, located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, I have had the opportunity to see for myself that in Rioja no two vintages are alike, but all are interconnected: the fruitiness of Tempranillo is always flavoured with structure and elegance, features that we always seek out in our wines.

I want to reflect this strong Rioja wine character in Solar Viejo, one that is unmistakable, like my first memory…

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VINEYARDS

With Tempranillo and Graciano as main varietals, Solar Viejo incorporates the more refined techniques in all of its vineyards.

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PRODUCTION

The convergence of tradition and new technologies allows us to produce modern wines with unique personality.

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ENOTOURISM

The medieval village of Laguardia hosts a winery located in the centre of Rioja-Alavesa, in the heart of the origin of this wine, at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria.