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 2004 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €304.64
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: €304.64
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2007 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €307.04
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 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €307.04
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
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 2007 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €240.00
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 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €240.00

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