Boutique Wine Producer
CLÍPEO WINES upholds the essence of Rioja’s very best traditions as a boutique wine producer by practicing precision winemaking from limited yields. Our passion for wine has led us on a transformative journey that began in 2016 with Vitis Wine Merchants and went on to take the shape of a winery set in the heart of Rioja’s Sonsierra region. Below us, the centuries-old cellars of San Vincente pulse vibrantly anew.
Our names are Eduardo, Miguel and Javier; and together with Juan Carlos Sancha – one of the greatest names in Rioja wine – we achieved our shared dream of crafting honest wines as clear reflections of our best terroir.
Enter the Cueva La Alcaldía winery and you have just begun a journey deep into the winemaking traditions of Rioja. Those traditions emanate from frank interplay between CLÍPEO WINES and the cellars we have revitalized. They fulfil their purpose once more and carry out the same labours they performed for centuries of wines laid down here. Excavated by hand yet unadorned by stonework, the Cueva La Alcaldía cellars dote our wines with just the right levels of humidity and ventilation to preserve and age them in perfect condition.
The Cueva La Alcaldía winery is perched on slopes above the Ebro River as it meanders through the heart of San Vincente de la Sonsierra. We took enormous pains while refurbishing to preserve the essence of this traditional Rioja winery with its open pressing vats, underground cisterns and cellar vaults, and to ensure our cellars remained worthy of the name of the land from which they were built.
The very walls of Cueva La Alcaldía stand testament to the inimitable character of our autochthonous varieties and traditional winemaking practices. This winery embodies how we preserve the unique nature of the terroir that sets us apart. CLÍPEO WINES has revived Cueva La Alcaldía to dazzle anew in the heart of Rioja.
A land of wine
San Vincente de la Sonsierra is a key crossroads. It is a meeting place where visitors to Rioja and local winemakers connect and share encounters with wine, from the special viñedo singular plots enchanted by the breath-taking turns of the Ebro River to the hilltop fortress that crowns our landscape. Together, they discover and enjoy our wineries and the cellars beneath, where great vintages lie, waiting to be discovered.