A Winery at the Top of its Game
“We have been working with our grower partners for over 30 years now. They are all based in the villages of Kripan, Elvillar and Laguardia. This close, social network is a source of great pride for us.”
- Fernando Meruelo, grower
An Enviable Terroir
Old vine Tempranillo planted in clay-limestone soils at 600 metres above sea level yield wines of great elegance and freshness. The southern exposure allows the grapes to reach optimal maturity ensuring perfect balance and supple texture.
The winery has pioneered several exciting techniques, notably as concerns barrel toasting. One such practice involves toasting barrels on a horizontal axis by resistance. This allows a more homogenous toast level for the barrel. The estate is also working towards reusing the CO2 produced during the fermentation process.
Continuous Quality Improvement
Since completing construction of their new winery in 2001, Lar de Paula has been working on unique parcel selections. Smaller tanks allow them to vinify each plot individually. This project has particular merit going forward, as a new classification system is being put in place in the Rioja Alavesa. It will allow estates to highlight the specific origin of grapes. Javier Ruiz de Galarreta, CEO of ARAEX Grands (of which Lar de Paula is a 25-year member), was one of the chief campaigners behind this new classification.
A Love of the Land
The pairing of a wine with its regional dishes is a sacred pleasure. In winter, “Patatas al chorizo”, is the perfect accompaniment to the Lar de Paula Reserva du Vigneron. In summer, the Lar de Paula Terrazas is the ideal wine to serve with lamb chops grilled on a bed of vine cuttings.