Friday, December 23, 2011

SANTALBA 2010 Organic Viticulture - Silver medal in Challenge Millesime Bio


These days, in our winery we are very satisfied and really proud of our SANTALBA organic viticulture 2010, the healthiest wine in the World has received a silver medal last week in the International Annual Competition CHALLENGE MILLESIME BIO celebrated in France during this month.

The competition, one of the most important in the world, is focus only in the best organics wines. That is why, SANTALBA 2010 is into that group and also on the top of the list, certifying its excellent results during this year.

Remind that this wine, is the consequence of a long and hard I+D+i  proyect in our organic vineyard Viña Hermosa, professionals scientists from Barcelona University and official laboratories said that this wine is the healthiest one in the world because of the natural Resveratrol, 24,5 mg/liter, only with organic process and methods of vine-growing and winemaking.

Resveratrol is a powerful natural antiox that the grape skin has and taking the wine in moderation, it will contribute to get better and keep well the human health, for example:

*  Direct Antioxidant Action
*  It reduces cholesterol levels (LDL)
*  It delays the evolution of some kinds of cancer
*  It gets better the bloodstream

For further information, please download the technical sheet or some other information about us and our wines. Click here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


After some months with one of the most bizarre and extreme climatology is remembered (my father says that he cannot remember nothing as extreme), harvest 2011 started. We have to wait to see the finished wines for definitive analysis, but treading the vineyards and we can draw some conclusions that we have to learn for future.

So, winter in Rioja Alta was very dry, spring came suddenly with plenty of heat, causing a rapid and early sprouting. Spring rains did not appear, and the risk of the dreaded mildew were scarce. The month of July was cooler than usual, but was also accompanied by little or no rainfall. Veraison, as expected, began very early, and after a month of August very warm and very dry September has started with light rain, but continued high temperatures. All this has led to the vineyards are generally very healthy, but also developed and stressed, and consequently unbalanced grapes. Thinking about the grapes, the situation is not very satisfactory ...

However, there are also vineyards in wonderful condition. We can say that there are three factors that have influenced this campaign as marking the difference between the good and the "not so good" vineyards. These factors are: soil,  water and the load of grapes.

In this campaign the most fertile soils, usually located in the meadows, along rivers and ravines, were better able to withstand other extreme drought conditions that have suffered. Soil is theoretically a "low production potential," but surprisingly give better grapes than others "very suitable for quality wine."

The load of grapes or producing strains this season being key to identifying the different levels of quality of the vineyards. Thus, load balancing, or performing a thinning of bunches at the right time, is allowing plants better withstand drought and have a more balanced between sugar ripeness, acidity, color, etc..

So, our vineyards "El Pocete", "Vigorta", "Carbonera", "Pontarron" and "Calvario" are very old vines with deep roots had water enough to resist the draught with a superb quality and some of our youngest vineyards certainly had some problems the last days before pick the grapes with a correct quality but not extraordinary. These young ones were the first ones we harvested and we finished with the oldest ones.

in addition, it seems that we are going to obtain the highest levels of resveratrol ever and we could make our personal record.

In general, we have obtained mid and high alcoholic wines with super deep colour, intense blackberry  aroma and strong tannins which will permit us to produce great wines.

Imagining wines, winemakers work, technical viticulture and winemaking at this new campaign presents difficult, at the same time exciting. It is very well selected vineyards, or areas of them have different qualities to the grapes harvested and develop separately.

Finally, we must all learn the lessons from these difficult years. We will undoubtedly improve year after year, achieving better standards of quality of our wines.

Now, Alea Iacta est

Friday, October 21, 2011


Today, we continue with the harvest, bringing grapes to the winery. Really healthy, excellent quality. The thermal fluctuations between night and day (difference between the highest and the lowest temperature) make the process easier. We are receiving the Organic grapes first because we prefer to manipulate those at the beginning of the harvest. Of course we put them in a different vat to keep the organic character. We will show you the vats during the vatting:


After that, Wine will start the natural alcoholic fermentation (the process where the grape juice change into wine) and we work the maceration then. We will try to cause a contact, as huge as we can, between the grape juice and the grapes skin, where the Polifenoles are and the antioxidants too(Resveratrol). After that, we throw the juice from the bottom of the vat to the top with the aim to break the “cap” because all the skin is floating on the top, so we will increase the contact between them. We show you the picture with the details:


During the process we will tell you some more details about the wine process.

Thank you!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hi friends

Today we have started with this new place, called WINES WITH HEART. We expect a participative, alive, updated and also a new ideas source for our wines. In Bodegas SANTALBA, we have made official our incorporation to the WINE IN MODERATION Organization with the aim of collaborate, as much as we can, to spread the wine benefits and goodness, always in moderation. Under this premise, we consider that Wine is part of our Mediterranean diet, food, not just an alcoholic drink. Previous generations have left an important history and legacy to get the wine, always thinking to getting better everyday, day by day its organoleptic qualities, sensorial and pleasant sensations.

We will not be who leave that goal and for 13 years ago, we work everyday with that objective in our minds. We have created our Heart logo (you can see it on the right hand above our profile), which we will print it in our labels. With it, we will try to promote natural Wine around the world, without added, introducing in bottles, grapes with its own character and behaviour with our meek knowledges.

From this Blog, we will tell you our improvements, weakness and failures, worries in our daily and ordinary tasks. As a result we will have Natural Wines, Honest, with the goal to be liked by the customer and to be a healthy food (of course, in MODERATION).

Please, if you have any suggestion, doubt, questions or you just want to collaborate, please, just do it. From Bodegas SANTALBA we will be pleased about it.

Welcome and thank you so much.