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Señorio de Uñuela Rioja Reserva


Señorio de Uñuela

Señorio de Uñuela is produced by the co-operative located in the village of Uruñuela in Rioja Alta...

The higher altitude of the vineyards, which range from 450-590 metres, ensures finer, more elegant wines. Señorio is a medieval term meaning ‘land of the lord’, while Uñuela is the old name of the town. The co-op’s 200 members have 600 hectares divided into 1500 plots, of which 95% is Tempranillo and the rest are Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano and some white varieties. The older vines are traditionally goblet trained, while the newer vines are cordon trained. The viticultural team spends a lot of time in the vineyards improving techniques and ensuring that the best quality grapes arrive at the winery.

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Located on a plain at an altitude of 590m above sea level in Uruñuela (Rioja Alta), the vineyard covers an area of approximately 50 hectares. The soils are predominantly stony. Vines are over 40 years of age and bush-trained (“en vaso”), in keeping with the traditional Tempranillo growing method in Rioja which also includes harvesting by hand.

Vintage information

2008 was characterised by mild temperatures and lack of rainfall during the winter. There was also a low crop compared with the average of previous years, due to heavy rains during the flowering period. The Rioja Regulatory Council classified the year as “very good” since grape maturity, both alcoholic and phenolic, was fully complete and allowed for production of high quality wines.


Fruit was picked in early October once optimal alcoholic and phenolic maturity had been reached. The grapes underwent cold maceration for 72 hours before the start of alcoholic fermentation, during which delestage (rack and return) and pumping over at different grape must densities were carried out until the end of fermentation. The wine was then left to macerate for three weeks in contact with the skins during which time punching down and stirring the cap operations were carried before the wine was devatted. When malolactic fermentation had come to an end, the wine was matured for 18 months in American oak barrels. To complete the ageing process, the wine was put into bottles, where it would rest for 10 months prior to its release onto the market. 

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red, elegant toasty aromas along with very ripe black fruit, wild berries and spicy notes. The wine has a balsamic quality, very expressive with a distinct Rioja character. Full-bodied, rich in flavour and beautifully balanced, the fruit and spice carry on through the long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 100% Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Winemaker Maria Martinez
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.02g/l
Residual Sugar 1.83g/l
Wine pH 3.62