Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of the ten oldest wineries in La Rioja, was founded in 1901 in the legendary Barrio de la Estación in Haro (Rioja Alta). A pioneer since the beginning of the 20th century, it is the largest vineyard owner in Haro. It owns total of 250 hectares of land surrounding the winery, emulating the prestigious French châteaux.

Its origins date back to 1859, when French producers settled in this Riojan town to produce and export red wine to France. Four decades later, the businessman from Bilbao, Santiago Ugarte, took it over. The first vintage of Viña Pomal, the winery’s flagship brand, dates back to 1904, marking the beginning of the birth of a classic.

 

Viña Pomal owes its name to the vineyard in which it originated. It is a vineyard that is a true reflection of Haro’s terroir. Bodegas Bilbaínas was a pioneer 100 years ago in understanding oenology and viticulture as it is understood today, giving prominence to vineyards, terroir and grapes. Zaco, Vicuana, Paceta, Cuervo and Cores, the names of the plots that today, more than ever, are the real protagonists.

 

Bodegas Bilbaínas defines itself as a classic style winery with Reservas and Gran Reservas, while surprising with estate wines such as Viña Pomal Alto de la Caseta, the best expression of a tempranillo, or innovations such as its collection of Rioja single varietals called Viña Pomal Vinos Singulares (Maturana Blanca, Tempranillo blanco, Graciano and Garnacha). Bodegas Bilbaínas also has exceptional wines such as La Vicalanda, one of its most important reference wines that originated in the early 90s, with a close link to sparkling wine as a result of its origins with brands such as Royal Carlton, Lumen and the cava Viña Pomal Blanc de Noirs. And, as a result of the First World War, this winery made sparkling wines for the large Champagne makers, providing it with extensive knowledge and the widest possible experience.