Bodegas Berroja

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Chacolí de Bizkaia
People: Jose Angel Carrero, Owner | Jon Aguirre & Jose Angel Carrero, Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Location: Bodegas Berroja, founded in 2001, currently owns 37 acres of vineyards in the town of Muxika, Bizkaia. Located in the north of Spain between San Sebastián and Bilbao, in the town of Muxika at 794 feet altitude.

Soils: Steep vineyards make the soils fast draining, and allow the vines to have greater sun exposure due to its proximity to 90º angle. Soils are composed of limestone and sand on its surface and subsoil. Sand and limestone are heat retaining soils containing low to medium organic materials. All these different elements, specially its steep slope make this area unique and feasible for making wines. Steeper slopes accelerate the ripening period even though temperatures might be cooler, resulting in earlier harvest dates.

What makes Berroja unique? Steep vineyards allow for a drier environment, which offsets the area's high levels of rainfall. Also, growing small amounts of Folle Blanche and Riesling grapes allows this producer achieve new flavors that are richer in complexity.

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