A Leading Light in Rioja Alavesa
“All our wines need to retain their fruitiness and the touch of minerals that define the earth in this particular corner of the world…this gives our wines a very specific personality. - Juan Luis Cañas
The Heart of Rioja Alavesa
As the northernmost of Rioja’s three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa is the closest to the Atlantic Ocean. This, plus the high altitude of plantings makes Rioja Alavesa the coolest area of Rioja. Planted on slopes and terraces of chalky-clay, Bodegas Luis Cañas boasts vineyards with an ideal microclimate and perfect sun exposure. The vines produce low yields and small clusters leading to incredibly concentrated, flavourful wines.
A Legacy of Healthy Vines
The use of herbicides and synthetic fertilisers is strictly prohibited at Bodegas Luis Cañas. The winery’s permanent field team is made up of an agricultural engineer, a technical agronomist, an oenologist, and 8 highly skilled workers, who all share a common goal. Their aim is to obtain vines with strong immune systems, capable of defending themselves against disease. According to Juan Luis Cañas, this is the greatest legacy they can leave future generations.
Precise Barrel Maturation
The use of American oak barrels has long been a distinctive feature of Rioja wines. At Bodegas Luis Cañas, French oak is also used to temper the potent vanilla, coconut flavours derived from American oak, and to impart greater finesse and structure to the wines. All barrels are replaced after three years to ensure that the aromatic impact of the oak, and its gentle oxidative effect, remain optimal.
A Caring Company
Bodegas Luis Cañas is the estate of choice for Rioja’s seasonal vineyard workers. In 2006, the winery built lodgings to house 40 agricultural workers during the growing and harvest period. As well as sleeping and rest room areas, the facility includes a laundry, industrial kitchen, and infirmary. These living conditions far exceed the region’s norm. In 2008, Bodegas Luis Cañas received the prestigious “Caring Company” award by Spanish magazine Dato Económico.