Bodegas Casa Primicia
From the 15th century onwards Casa Primicia was the place where the church collected the tithe (a 10th part of the harvest) and first fruits of the harvest which the serfs were obliged to donate. This also included the first grapes harvested from the vineyards. In 1973, Casa Primicia was bought by the vine farmer Julián Madrid from Laguardia. He totally restored the building including the old stone wine “lagos” (vats) inside the building so that wine could be made once more. This was the beginning of Bodegas Casa Primicia led by its pioneering founder.
Taking advantage of the kind micro-climate, Casa Primicia´s vineyards stretch from the foot hills of the Sierra Cantabria Mountains to the River Ebro, both of which are natural borders to the north and south of the Rioja Alavesa region.
Bodegas Casa Primicia makes it wines with grapes from a total of 50 hectares of its own vineyards and vineyards belonging to 40 other vine farmers from the towns of Elciego, Oyón, Lapuebla de Labarca and above all from Laguardia. The grapes are carefully selected to make top quality Rioja wines. In order to guarantee the quality of its wines Bodegas Casa Primicia supervises the management of the vineyards throughout the year. Special attention is paid to the pruning, the use of natural fertilisers, not using pesticides and controlling the yield per hectare.
The Casa Primicia house is located in the medieval old town of Laguardia and welcomes visitors. It has a tasting room, dining room and it is where the Cofradía Casa Primicia wine is aged in the barrel.
The winery is located in the outskirts of town and is where the rest of the wines are made and aged. The offices and warehouse are also located there.
Los Jardines de Carravalseca are located in the middle of the vineyards in Laguardia. This is an estate which is 10 hectares large which is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. It has views of the Sierra Cantabria Mountains and is right next to a natural lake and has Laguardia as a back drop. It is a magical place where you can enjoy the charms of Rioja Alavesa.
Bodegas Casa Primicia makes a wide range of Young (joven), Crianza, Reserva and signature wines. They even make a unique red wine called Curium which is made from dried grapes.
Prizes and acknowledgements:
Bodegas Casa Primicia is one of the most nationally and internationally recognised wineries in the Riojan D.O.C. For example they won the Gran Prix d'Honneur in the prestigious Bordeaux Wine competition in 1993 and the prize for the best European wine in the Japan Wine Challenge in 2002 in Tokio. In 2007, three of their Rioja wines, Curium, Carravalseca and Primicia Reserva were awarded over 90 points by the famous wine critic Robert Parker.