Among those heroic vineyards I was talking about, after much searching, we found one that filled us with satisfaction because of its enormous possibilities, although the difficulties of its cultivation were not insignificant – defined as “good place to hide” by one of our visitors. Located in the area of Laguardia, and about 13,000 square metres in size, it was planted in 1935, with the distances between vines typical of the era and the way they were cultivated at that time, by hand and with mules. At the same time fruit trees were planted to complete the family’s appetite. We have counted up to 32 different trees. It is a very steep slope with a very abrupt scarped eastern facing edge from which a stream called San Ginés flows; that is why the property is known as BARRANCO DEL SAN GINÉS (del and not de, because the vineyard is named after the stream – San Ginés. Barranco is spanish for a steep scarped slope or ravine and hence we named the wine we obtain from this slope facing this stream – Barranco Del San Ginés.
Since 2017, this vineyard has been classified as a Viñedo Singular (Single Vineyard), which is a new category of the DOCa of Rioja, which aims to identify those vineyards, due to their geographical, climatic and genetic characteristics have a special ‘terroir’ and are a guarantee of very special wines and quality.