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Rioja Alavesa, Spain

About Bhilar

Bodegas Bhilar is a boutique winery run by husband and wife duo David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa. Their mission is to create terroir-driven wines with soul, to respect the land, to use only indigenous grapes, and to share their distinctive wines with positive-energy people.

David began learning about the biodynamic method in 1999 and modified the way he cared for his grapes. He began by converting to organic farming and then began following tenants in order to restore the balance between man, earth, vines, and cosmos. Tractors were phased out in 2014, and horses were reintroduced to farm the vines.

David Sampedro Gil, the winemaker and viticulturist, grew up in the vineyards where he now works. While pursuing his master's degree in enology, David began his career in some of Rioja's largest wineries. He realized there that outstanding wines are made in the vineyard. After a life-changing discovery, he returned to his vineyards and began new initiatives that reflected his particular winemaking philosophy: unique wines with a sense of location, sustainable agriculture, and minimal intervention in the winery.

Additional Details:

  • Sustainable Practices: Yes
  • Sustainable Practices: No
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Rioja Alavesa
  • Sub Region: Elvillar

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