Working on a Vineyard

Finca La Emperatriz

I work in Rioja Alta for a winery called Bodegas La Emperatriz. Bodegas La Emperatriz is a beautiful winery located in the border of Rioja Alta between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Haro. As it is outside of Logroño, it takes about 35-45 minutes to drive out there but the drive out there is beautiful and every day I pass two storks that have made their home on the top of an old smoke stack right outside of Najera.

Old Smoke Stack with Storks

As I work in marketing, it is my job to work in Social Media, Media Planning, Market Planning and Analysis, Product Management, Advertising, Public Relations…name it, I do it. Interestingly enough, I was brought on initially to work in Exportation. I work with customers overseas and as the orders come in, I process them and work with our production team and make sure we get the orders out on time and with the appropriate paperwork. Sometimes, the paperwork can be demanding and extremely time consuming, leaving very little time to do any marketing but that is what makes it fun. I really do enjoy the changes in rhythm. I am never doing the same thing every day.

Some days, I go out in the vineyards or to the winery and take pictures that we can later use for our customers or for marketing purposes. I also get a chance to work in the vineyard and in the laboratory with the head winemaker and vigneron. I really enjoy my work and love this region. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to work.

One day, I was out in the vineyard and thought it might be nice to share with you the annual growth cycle of grapevines here at Finca La Emperatriz.  In general, it begins with the pruning at the end of February which leads to the beginning of bud break and culminates with leaf fall in autumn followed by winter dormancy.  I will explain the process as we go and perhaps I can share a thing or two with you.

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Juan Alcorta: Campo Viejo Winery in La Rioja, Spain

Visit to the Juan Alcorta- Campo Viejo Winery located just outside of Logroño.  This new winery was inaugurated in 2001. It is one of the most innovative and beautiful wineries to date and has sparked a movement to renovate older wineries in La Rioja.  The winery itself is integrated in the landscape and has a presence of harmony with the environment. You almost wouldn´t even know it´s there from far away.

We got a private tour of the winery and had a chance to try one of my favorite value priced wines from Juan Alcorta, the Marques de Villamagna, Reserva 2005 which is a 100% Tempranillo with 18 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.  It is a easy to drink, full bodied wine that proves to be a favorite amongst friends.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Campo Viejo, some video footage was taken from their video played upon entering the winery.