R. López de Heredia

About López de Heredia

An exemplary producer of traditional Rioja, López de Heredia was founded by Don Rafael López de Heredia in 1877, shortly after the phylloxera outbreak forced the French to explore neighbouring Spain for alternative sources of quality grapes. 4 generations and more than 140 years later, López de Heredia continues making wine in pretty much the same way as before, and “can make a very good claim to be the only producer whose philosophy focuses on a blend of tradition and tradition” (Simon Field MW, Decanter).

 

The only bodega to be awarded a "Diploma de Garantía" (Diploma of Guarantee, displayed on all back labels) from Rioja’s regulating body for using only native grapes since its founding, López de Heredia is also the sole bodega in Spain to hand-craft all their barrels.

 

Viniculture

Today, the observation tower he designed to watch the vines is still a local landmark. Lopez de Heredia makes great traditional red and white Rioja. The white is particularly rare as most white Rioja is a young modern style. The wine is aged in large Bordeaux sized barrels from old mostly American oak, in their warren-like cellars.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2001 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €438.79
2001

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed. Drink now-2030+
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €438.79
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €304.39
2004

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that's possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 260,000 bottles produced.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 2 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €304.39
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €247.99
2006

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard. This takes the lion's share of the 400,000 bottles the winery produces, with some 220,000 bottles filled over a period of 12 consecutive days in May 2014.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €247.99
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2007 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €298.39
2007

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2007 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 2 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €298.39
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €261.19
2008

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2008 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (97)

Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 40 97 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €261.19
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €270.79
2009

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (94)

Serious and concentrated, at least by the standards of some López de Heredia reds, this reflects the heat of the 2009 vintage. Tempranillo-based with 30% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s spicy, savoury and high toned with grippy tannins, layers of tobacco and red fruits and classic, supporting acidity. 2021-30
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 20 94 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €270.79
Lopez Heredia Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €591.19
2010

Lopez Heredia Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96+)

The 2010 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva was hitting on all cylinders. It was produced with 60% Garnacho (they use the masculine of the name here), 30% Tempranillo and 10% white Viura from vines averaging 91 years of age. Like all the wines, it fermented with indigenous yeasts (they have never used selected yeasts) in the 142 oak vats they have used since the beginning and then matured in old American oak barrels for four years. There is tons of complexity and nuance here; it's super elegant and layered, and as the wine sat in the glass, it developed more and more complex aromas, a subtle combination of balsam, red acid berries, a hint of medicine, fennel and wet chalk, a diesel-like touch, old wood and mushroom (beetroot?), licorice and yellow flowers, sweet spices... There's a lot more of everything. It's clean and crystalline, fresh and long, with terrific balance and depth. This has to be the finest rosado of recent times... 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2016. The Gran Reserva wines from López de Heredia come back to the market with the heralded 2001 vintage. Otherwise, when I asked them about news, the answer was "We continue making Viña Tondonia as we have always done." Basically, they are against change... From their 170 hectares of vineyards, 124 are currently in production, from which they produce around 400,000 bottles. They are the most traditional among Rioja traditionalists.
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €591.19
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2001 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €350.00
2001

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2001 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed. Drink now-2030+
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €350.00
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €238.00
2004

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2004 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that's possible–umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 260,000 bottles produced.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 2 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €238.00
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €191.00
2006

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard. This takes the lion's share of the 400,000 bottles the winery produces, with some 220,000 bottles filled over a period of 12 consecutive days in May 2014.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €191.00
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2007 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €233.00
2007

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2007 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

Following the appreciation of the 2007 vintage from María José López de Heredia, the red 2007 Viña Tondonia Reserva is showing great, revealing unusual finesse and elegance. The nose is a little reticent but nuanced and complex, a little shy rather than explosive. The palate is medium-bodied, and the tannins are very refined. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Viña Tondonia Reserva of recent years. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2015.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Rioja 6x75cl 2 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €233.00
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €202.00
2008

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2008 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (97)

Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and 5% each of Mazuelo and Graciano, combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle.
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 40 97 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €202.00
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €210.00
2009

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2009 (6x75cl)

Tim Atkin MW (94)

Serious and concentrated, at least by the standards of some López de Heredia reds, this reflects the heat of the 2009 vintage. Tempranillo-based with 30% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s spicy, savoury and high toned with grippy tannins, layers of tobacco and red fruits and classic, supporting acidity. 2021-30
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 20 94 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €210.00
Lopez Heredia Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €477.00
2010

Lopez Heredia Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96+)

The 2010 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva was hitting on all cylinders. It was produced with 60% Garnacho (they use the masculine of the name here), 30% Tempranillo and 10% white Viura from vines averaging 91 years of age. Like all the wines, it fermented with indigenous yeasts (they have never used selected yeasts) in the 142 oak vats they have used since the beginning and then matured in old American oak barrels for four years. There is tons of complexity and nuance here; it's super elegant and layered, and as the wine sat in the glass, it developed more and more complex aromas, a subtle combination of balsam, red acid berries, a hint of medicine, fennel and wet chalk, a diesel-like touch, old wood and mushroom (beetroot?), licorice and yellow flowers, sweet spices... There's a lot more of everything. It's clean and crystalline, fresh and long, with terrific balance and depth. This has to be the finest rosado of recent times... 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2016. The Gran Reserva wines from López de Heredia come back to the market with the heralded 2001 vintage. Otherwise, when I asked them about news, the answer was "We continue making Viña Tondonia as we have always done." Basically, they are against change... From their 170 hectares of vineyards, 124 are currently in production, from which they produce around 400,000 bottles. They are the most traditional among Rioja traditionalists.
Delivery to Storage from 27 Nov 2021

Rioja 6x75cl 1 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €477.00

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