With a history of wine-making excellence expanding more than 115 years, Paternina is one of the few pre-phylloxera wineries in Rioja. In 1896, D.Federico Paternina Josué founded the Paternina Wineries in Ollauri, a group of three wineries with around a thousand American oak barrels; in 1922 they took over the bodegas of the Catholic Farming Syndicate Co-operative in Haro. In 1984, the company was taken over by Riojan entrepreneur Marcos Eguizábal Ramírez. Today, thanks to winemaker Carlos Estecha’s exceptional talent and some astute commercial choices Paternina is one of the leading Rioja wineries. Well-equipped cellars incorporate some of the latest technology along with tried and tested practices while the vast barrel ageing cellar has been described as a ‘cathedral of wine’ and contains nearly 50,000 barrels of gently ageing wine. The company is owned by the Eguizábal family, which acquired Paternina and is credited with expanding the reputation of not only the winery, but also the Rioja appellation itself.
Ruby red, terracotta color with hints of mahogany. The bouquet shows notes of toasty spices, dried red fruit, and tobacco. On the palate those same flavours linger, but are also joined by wild raspberry and cherry notes. Complex aroma of leather and vanilla on the finish.