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    Bodegas Bhilar

    Phinca Durmiente Rufete Blanco

    Spain, Sierra de Francia, Sierra de Salamanca


    Winery Overview

    Bodegas Bhilar is a boutique winery located in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, run by husband and wife team, David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman. Their goal is to make terroir-driven wines with soul, respect the land, work only with indigenous grapes, and to share their unique wines with good people with positive energy. In the year 1999, David started learning about the biodynamic philosophy and changed how he cared for his vineyards. First, he converted to organic farming and then began following tenants to recover the harmony between man, earth, vines, and cosmos. In 2014, tractors were eliminated and horses were brought back to farm the vineyards.


    Soils composed of slate and granite.


    Vineyards are located in the mountain range of Sierra Francia in the Region of Salmanca. They range from 400m to 900m in altitude and are terraced along the top of the south facing mountains. Old Rufete vines ranging from 30 to 80 years old.


    The grapes are destemmed by hand and placed in a large container in order to be foot crushed. The wine starts fermentation naturally with the skins and is pressed. No forced malolactic.


    Following fermentation the wine is placed in 500 L French barrels where it ages for 2 years.

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