The Baroja wine group has owned a winery in the small village of Elvillar since the early 1900’s, historically serving as the processing centre for the area’s growers, and producer of entry level and bulk wines. The modern winery created by Fernando Meruelo in 2004, was designed to maximize each grape parcel’s characteristics, and create a superior range of wines for today’s wine drinkers. With a variety of sized stainless steel tanks of capacities ranging between 12,000 and 30,000 kilos, all parcels can be fermented separately prior to blending. Grapes are whole bunch fermented with strict temperature regulation to control the ferments and free run wine accounts for about 85% of the final blends, with 15% or less from pressed wine. Wines are aged as necessary in French and American oak and released when ready to drink.
Lar de Paula is based in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, about an hour north of Logrono. Sheltered from the Atlantic weather to the north by the mountains of the Sierra Cantabria, this is a cool, high region with good winter rains and no need for irrigation. Although up to seven grape varieties are permitted in Rioja designated wines, by far the most dominant grape variety in the Alavesa is Tempranillo. All of Lar de Paula’s red wines are made exclusively of Tempranillo from vines that range in age from 20 years old up to 65 and over. All fruit is grown on south facing vineyards to maximize sunlight, and the calcerous soils provide acidity for freshness and backbone. Grape parcels are hand harvested and selected in the vineyards for each wine style and quality required, and then processed in separate batches at the winery.
Lar de Paula’s approach to the winemaking process is quite innovative for Rioja, producing supple, fruit forward wines for early consumption, but which have good aging potential also. With numerous awards at international level, Lar de Paula’s quality is well established, and in 2010 an IWC Gold medal and three trophies for the Cepas Viejas 2005 confirmed their reputation as a world class producer.
Lar de Paula Cautivo Blanco
Lar de Paula Cautivo Rioja Rosado Tempranillo Viura
Lar de Paula Cautivo Rioja Tempranillo
Lar de Paula Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco Viura Malvasia
Lar de Paula Rioja Tempranillo Madurado
Lar de Paula Rioja Crianza
Lar de Paula Rioja Reserva
Lar de Paula Cepas Viejas
Lar de Paula Merus 4