El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers.
Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Their stand-out reds hail primarily from their original estate at Cenicero in the heart of Rioja Alta.
They have invested in a new property, Carbonera, to improve the quality of their white wines. Located at 700 metres above sea level, this new estate is ideal for the new white grape varieties recently authorised by the Rioja Wine Board. Their unoaked, fresh and zingy white wine is already delicious, but we’re expecting to see it improve over the next few years as their 200 hectares of vineyards at Carbonera come into production.
Head winemaker Cesar Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition.
Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes..