Nestled in the scenic town of Gimileo, Rioja, Bodegas Santalba stands as a symbol of the Ijalba family's dedication to quality and innovation. Founded in 1998 by Santiago Ijalba Garcia, with over three decades of industry experience, and later joined by his son Roberto, the winery is a fusion of traditional values and modern techniques. Both Santiago and Roberto, educated in oenology and with international exposure, respectively, prioritize natural winemaking by utilizing indigenous yeasts and embracing organic viticulture across their 20 hectares of vineyards.
Bodegas Santalba produces a range of wines that embody the essence of Rioja's unique terroir, with a portfolio, in addition to Que Vida, that includes labels like Santiago Ijalba Ogga, Vina Hermosa, and Bodegas Santalba Abando. Their commitment to organic practices not only speaks to their respect for the land but also to the rich biodiversity that characterizes the Rioja region. This area is renowned for its ideal wine-growing conditions, with a climate that ensures the perfect ripening of grapes, contributing to the wines' complexity and distinctive flavors.
The winery's philosophy centers on creating wines that reflect the balance, elegance, and expressive qualities of the Rioja style. Santiago focuses on the traditional elegance of Rioja wines, while Roberto aims to highlight the Tempranillo grape's vibrant expression, producing refined yet powerful wines. Their combined efforts result in wines that are not only a testament to the Rioja tradition but also a reflection of their innovative spirit.
Bodegas Santalba is more than a winery; it's a place where the legacy of the land is woven into each bottle, offering a taste of Rioja's tradition and the promise of its future.
- Producer: Que Vida
- Vendor: Bodegas Santalba
- Varietals: Garnacha, Tempranillo
- Country: Spain
- Region: Rioja
- Sub Region: Rioja Alta