Origin

Viñedos El Pacto is a return to the origins with a clear goal in mind: to prevent true village wines from becoming extinct. A handful of old vines, unscathed by the industrialization maelstrom, have preserved the value of small-scale, manual labor, and respect for natural cycles. This pact of gratitude and continuity is born in the heart of Rioja, in the Sonsierra and the Alto Najerilla, uniting past and present to ensure the future.

El Pacto wines are deeply rooted in their homeland, emotionally connected to the land where they were created.

Four wines make up this particular journey to the origins of the Vintae Wine Company. El Pacto del Alto Najerilla and El Pacto de la Sonsierra rediscover the essence and authenticity of the village wines from these two areas, which have long been associated with viticulture.
Riojanda and Valdechuecas are the two wines from “Singular Vineyards", cataloged by the Ministry of Agriculture for being unique places, which must prove their peculiarity. Two extraordinary places where the terroir takes center stage.

Sonsierra

Vines have long been grown in the Sonsierra, owing to its ideal geographical and climate conditions. Protected by the Sierra del Toloño mountain range, which acts as a barrier against the Cantabrian rains, it is a very airy area thanks to the "cierzo” or chilling wind, which ventilates the grapes and gives them their freshness and an Atlantic character. The vineyards' southern orientation provides for mild temperatures all year, rainfall in the winter, and a favorable temperature difference between day and night, all of which contribute to optimal grape ripening year after year.

The Sonsierra is an ideal region for growing vines due to its southern orientation, aeration, and poor soils.

Sonsierra soils are mainly clay-calcareous, very well drained and with very low organic matter content, poor soils that induce low yields in the vineyards and increase the quality of the clusters.
Baños del Ebro, Villabuena de Álava, San Vicente de la Sonsierra or Navaridas host unique vineyards, pampered and preserved by wise hands, capable of producing expressive wines with a singular freshness.

Alto najerilla

The Alto Najerilla Valley, located at the foot of the Sierra de la Demanda and crowned by the San Lorenzo peak at an elevation of 2,200 meters, is one of Rioja's best-kept secrets. For decades, in this area the grape did not mature due to its altitude and freshness. Climate change and rising average temperatures have aided optimum ripening in grapes grown above 600 meters, achieving an unusual balance hitherto unknown.

The Alto Najerilla is home to a treasure trove of century-old vineyards, with a single star: Garnacha.

A region hiding a treasure trove of old vines, which have been protected for centuries, a location far from Rioja's major areas that has preserved its history of century-old vineyards with a leading variety: Garnacha. The characteristic soils of the Alto Najerilla are mainly ferrous clay with a considerable stony component, a combination that enhances the mineral character of the wines.

Vineyards have been carefully tended by several generations in Cárdenas, Badarán, and Nájera, and they now offer us honest wines that mirror the landscape from which they come.

Singular Vineyards

RIOJANDA 42º32'57.3" N 2º36'45.0" W

Planted more than 100 years ago in Navaridas, Riojanda is a veritable wine-making Noah's Ark.

In its two small plots of little more than a fifth of a hectare, the predominant Tempranillo vines coexist with Graciano, Mazuelo, white and even unknown varieties. A large number of clones of each variety that, when combined with the rest of the plants in the vineyard, constitute a biodiverse environment.

With a minimal yield of less than one kg per vine and it is grown on an ancient planting frame in calcareous clay soil.

VALDECHUECAS 42º21'58.1" N 2º46'24.0" W

In Valdechuecas, we travel back in time, tracing the family roots, to the essence of Rioja's freshest Garnacha.

Valdechuecas is the liquid testimony of a family's love for their vineyards, the Acha family. Located in their village, Cárdenas, in the Alto Najerilla region, several generations have tended and maintained these plots since they were planted between 1912 and 1918. Just under one hectare is planted with Garnacha, Tempranillo, Malvasia, Viura, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, as well as olive, fig and quince trees.

There are numerous species to create a diversified micro-world where nature is allowed to run its course with minimal intervention.

Viticulture

Viñedos El Pacto unleashes nature's full potential by practicing organic viticulture in a manner that honors the natural cycle. Committed to the environment, the vineyard work is a return to the practices used five decades ago. Hoeing and mowing, pampering old vineyards to preserve them.

The work varies from maintaining a vegetation cover to pruning in accordance with lunar cycles, and, of course, the very limited use of treatments, always suited to organic farming and only when absolutely necessary. As a result, these old vineyards produce singular wines that only reflect the unique personality of their vines

This character is provided not only by age, but also by the vineyard's configuration, which preserves traditional clones through mass planting, providing a diversity uncommon in modern vineyards. Individual vines of other red and white varieties, some of which are unknown, are mixed in the same vineyard with very heterogeneous clones of the main grape variety.

Wise old vines, traditional viticulture

Wines

The production philosophy of Viñedos El Pacto is craftsmanship. Man's hand acts as little as possible in order to go unnoticed.

Valdechuecas 2019

Riojanda 2019

El Pacto del Alto Najerilla 2020

El Pacto de la Sonsierra 2019

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