Agricola La Bastida - Tierra and Exeo
This family-run winery is located in the old Jewish quarter of Labistada, in Rioja Alavesa, in a building that dates back to the 13th century. Beneath the building is a network of underground caves (some excavated in the 1400s) which form a natural cellar for approximately 500 barrels. Generations of the family have been involved in winegrowing and winemaking, and their love and passion for their land and wine lives on with the current owner, Carlos Fernandez Gomez.
Carlos works with approximately thirty hectares of vineyards which face the Toloño mountain, tended with the greatest care by wine growers from Labastida and San Vicente. He feels the key to get the best results from the vineyards is the right choice of soil and grape variety, plus their orientation together.
Tierra is the family project - three generations of winemakers working with the most popular grape varieties of the area.
Exeo is a personal project of Carlos, where he makes special wines based on Garnacha. All the grapes come from high-altitude vineyards (+700 meters) in the Toloño Mountains, and he uses concrete eggs and different sized barrels for ageing.