When you travel by car The Rioja, The road is presented as a gray snake that desperately seeks a passage between hectares and hectares of vineyards. From time to time, a beautiful medieval town or a city where life tries, in vain, to recover the voracious rhythm of modern society, appears to take a break from that asphalt carpet. However, sooner or later, he has to go out again to mix with the red blood of a land where it seems that water, with or without a biblical miracle, has become wine.
On my recent trip to the beautiful Riojan town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and to the Carlos Moro Winery (belonging to the Bodegas Familiares Matarromera group) I could inhale that fresh fragrance, between sweet and sour, of the vineyards that wait, impatient and loaded with purple grapes, to the grape harvest that relieves its load.
Photo (c) Carlos Moro Winery
However, that was not the only feeling I brought home. I realised that The wine world is much more than wine.
Carlos Moro Winery: respect and love for the tradition of the ancestors
While walking through the rows of vineyards - arranged in a beautiful system of terraces scattered on the side of a hill - from the Carlos Moro Winery, I could feel the antiquity of the terroir I was treading.
And it is that in a region as dedicated to wine as La Rioja, the locals themselves consider San Vicente de la Sonsierra as the place in which the tradition and soul of this broth is most respected so precious, producing wines of the highest quality.
Draft of the Carlos Moro Winery. Photo (c) Carlos Moro Winery
The wine growers of San Vicente - a land where wine has been made since Roman times - they have inherited from their ancestors the love for the vineyards. When many wine entrepreneurs decided to replace the old vines with new ones that were capable of producing a greater quantity of grapes a year, in San Vicente they refused, knowing that the old vineyards give smaller grapes, with a smaller proportion of skin and , therefore, a much more concentrated flavor ... In short, a better quality wine.
This type of philosophy always married the thought of Carlos Moro, founder of the Matarromera Winery and who, since the beginning of his career in the world of wines, always sought the excellence of quality and innovation, leaving aside the quantity. Maybe that's why he got that unprecedented milestone, in 1994, to win the prize for the Best Wine in the World and the Great Gold Medal in the International Wine Competition with its first harvest of Matarromera (something that would repeat the following year, enlarging the legend).
It was that commitment to tradition and quality that decided Carlos Moro to establish his Rioja winery in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.
Photo (c) David Escribano