“In 1987 we let ourselves be trapped by this rugged terrain, old vineyards sheltered by the cold extremes of the Sierra de Cantabria in (Rioja Alavesa), facing South, with the Sun as the best ally, a unique and privileged environment where to create Bodegas Zugober.”

Since their very beginning, Maria Isabel and Eduardo Palma strived to bring to La Rioja Alevesa the innovative techniques they learned while studying abroad, in a time when the labels Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva had lost most of its original sense. Their son Manuel is now following in his parent’s footsteps to take over the business.

The 20 hectares of vineyard parcels are set 340-600m above sea level, in the Rioja Alavesa, one of the key sub-regions of Rioja, known for its quality. Here, the land’s altitude mitigates the temperatures in the warm region and imparts elegance and finesse to the wines. The majority of grapes grown across these vineyards are Tempranillo, the rest Graciano, Mazuelo, (indigenous grapes) and a small percentage of Petit Verdot, Garnacha, Viura and Chardonnay; all are hand-picked and carefully selected.

 

The wines, nicknamed ‘Belezos’ by the founders (an old Spanish term used to describe the tools used for the harvest), are said to have their own unique personalities, inspired by the soul and passion of the family. 

100% TEMPRANILLO

BELEZOS 50/50

Garnet red with violet hues. The nose carries a predominance of red fruits and floral aromas with a touch of liquorice. The palate is refreshing, fruity, long lasting and well structured.

Current Vintage: 2016                                             CSPC: 794818

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100% VIURA

BELEZOS BLANCO

This white Rioja offers vibrant, tropical fruit while a subtle cinnamon spice completes the nose. The fruity palate has a creamy structure, a balancing acidity and a persistent finish.

Current Vintage: 2017                                                     CSPC: 822154  

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95% TEMPRANILLO 5% GRACIANO

BELEZOS CRIANZA

Garnet red with ruby highlights. Clean and intense aromas of red fruits and spicy background notes from the oak. Full flavoured and long lasting on the palate, with a predominance of ripe fruity flavours.

Current Vintage: 2016                                                     CSPC: 822155  

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95% TEMPRANILLO 5% GRACIANO

BELEZOS RESERVA

Ruby red with brick red highlights. On the nose, ripe fruits with well integrated spicy aromas. The palate is refreshing with a velvety texture, very ripe fruity flavours and toasted notes.

Current Vintage: 2013                                                     CSPC: 822156

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100% TEMPRANILLO

ECOLOGICAL

Cherry red colour with garnet avances. Intense aromas of forest fruits: strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry jam. Manifesting aniseed touches and balsamic. The palate is well balanced, with friendly tannins.

Current Vintage: 2015                                                     CSPC: 798457  

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90% Tempranillo 10% GRACIANO

Zarzamochuelo

Ruby red with intense aromas of jammy fruits and spices. The palate is well structured, harmonious and long lasting. Oak integrates with a predominance of jammy fruit and spices.

Current Vintage: 2015                                                     CSPC: 794715  

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100% Tempranillo

SIERRA CARBON

Cherry color with violet tones. The nose is initially balsamic, then fresh and subtle with a mineral character, ripe red fruit, toast and spices. The palate is powerful, with rich red fruit. Finishing with a long lingering after taste. 

Current Vintage: 2012                                                     CSPC: 794730

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