Viña Pomal is a century-old winery whose origins date back to 1859 when a group of French businessmen settled in Haro (La Rioja) fleeing phylloxera plagues that affected most of the European vineyards in the mid-nineteenth century. Later, in 1901, the winery was bought by Bilbao businessmen who created Bodegas Bilbaínas.
Don Santiago de Ugarte was the first director of the Bodegas Bilbaínas, creating a very international business philosophy that he has inherited up to these days, since already in 1904 they exported wine to the United Kingdom with a special brand for this market called Castle Pomal.
The vineyards of Viña Pomal consist of 250 private hectares located in a privileged enclave of Haro, in the heart of La Rioja Alta, where limestone soils abound with marl and sandstone and there is a mild climate with Atlantic influences that favor excellent harvests . In addition, the proximity of the plots to the winery facilitates the transfer of the grape and reduces the time between harvesting and vinification, which includes the quality of the wines.
Respect for the environment is vital for a deep care of the vine and consequently to obtain high quality wines better harvest after harvest, for that reason, in Viña Pomal they use the best techniques of the current viticulture as well as a manual harvest so that the grape be in perfect condition when it arrives at the winery.
The philosophy of this winery is clearly traditional, where a classic Rioja winemaking style predominates. Thus, the grapes are harvested manually, basic destemming and crushing techniques are carried out before the alcoholic and manoláctica fermentation, a light racking and clarification, and finally an authentic aging in barrels of the best American oak.
The result of all this work is the obtaining of a range of very classic wines, considered as high quality wine for its unique organoleptic properties in a single brand known throughout the world under the name of Viña Pomal.