Bodegas y Vinedos Pujanza was established in 1998 by Carlos San Pedro, a fifth generation grape grower and third generation winemaker. In 2001, the winery introduced its first wine, Pujanza. Carlos San Pedro considers himself to be a vine-grower, conscious of the fact that his work has an aim which is the creation of great wines. This idea was the starting point for a young winery that wants to reflect this vitality in its wines.
The winery is in La Guardia, Rioja Alavesa, a village well known for its wines. All of the wines are produced from single vineyards.
Pujanza is made from fruit grown in the Valdepoleo vineyard; 15 hectares planted to Tempranillo and Graciano at 630 meters elevation in shallow clay-lime soil. The vines are 40+ years old and yield ~5000kg/hectare.
Norte is produced from the El Norte vineyard, 2.2 hectares planted with 60% Tempranillo and 40% other grapes varieties in clay and limestone at 680 meters elevation. The vines are 20+ years old and yield ~3500kg/hectare.
Cisma is produced from the “La Valcavada” vineyard; 0.7 hectare of own rooted, 100+ year old, 100% Tempranillo. Yields average 1500kg/hectare.
Carlos’ philosophy is to transmit to his wines all the character and personality of the soil/terroir. This philosophy hinges on careful tending of the vineyards from pruning to harvest as well as the unique characteristic of a higher iron content in the soils of the vineyards.