The classic range consists of the age defined Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, interpreted in the Beronia style, marrying vibrant fruit characters with traditional Riojan flavours. In addition there are three young wines: a fresh white Viura, rosé Garnacha and Tempranillo and red Tempranillo.
Known for its innovative approach, Beronia also produces a modern single variety range; Beronia Collection which includes a Barrel Fermented Viura, Graciano, Special Production Tempranillo and a unique Mazuelo Reserva.
. This range is complemented by a range of Icon wines including Beronia 198 Barricas Reserva, a special selection only produced in the best vintages, Beronia IIIaC, a highly expressive wine which pays homage to the Celtic Berones tribe from the 3rd centry BC, and Beronia Viñas Viejas, a winemaker’s selection produced from the best Tempranillo grapes from the oldest vineyards planted when the winery was founded.
95% of the wines produced in Beronia are red, designed for long ageing in French oak, American oak and mixed barrels. These pioneering mixed barrels created by winemaker Matias Calleja are made up of American staves and French ends. Beronia’s nearly 30.000 barrels are housed in an underground cellar with natural cool temperatures and humidity, giving the ideal conditions for the ageing of wine.
. Soft Gregorian chants recorded at a local monastery soothe the wines as they gently mature. then aged Further aging in bottle refines the wines and gives them balance.
After more than 30 years of dedication and passion for winemaking, Matias Calleja became Technical Director of Beronia in 1996. Thanks to his experience, the work of his technical team and his ambition he has become the heart and soul of Bodegas Beronia. Personally determining the exact blend and wine according to the character and quality each vintage, Matias gives his wines the unique character we call the Beronia Style. His philosophy is based on quality, respect for the environment and the challenge of combining the purest Rioja style with an innovative spirit.
Matias personally determines the exact coupage of each wine depending on the maturation and quality given by each vintage.
The role of oak in the Beronia style is very important and much has been invested in how the wines, once in barrel, react to different levels of toasting and types of wood. The type of oak used does not only effect flavours and tannin profile of the resulting wine, but also colour and texture. These experiments have led Beronia to be pioneers in the use of mixed barrels: Barrels with American oak staves and French oak ends, lending greater complexity and creating the typical ‘Beronia Style’.
American Oak staves: American oak is not typically distinguished by forest, but grown in 18 different states, mostly in the Midwest and in the Appalachians, as well as in Oregon. American oak is higher in tyloses that seal the xylem vessels, which means that it is less porous than French oak and can be sawn whilst French oak must be hand split. American oak therefore yields more staves (subject to same size of tree), which makes American oak barrels less expensive than French barrels.As to their impact on the wine, American barrels tend to be more intensely flavoured, releasing compounds like oak lactones and vanillin at a much higher rate than French oak. These are responsible for some of the “oaky” flavours, such as vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and patisserie aromas in general.
The French oak ends: We work mainly with oak from Allier and Limousin, whose forests are known for their particularly fine-grained oak. France preserves its extensive forests of white oak thanks to a conscious effort on the part of the French government: since the 17th century it has controlled the replanting of every single tree that is being chopped down, normally when 200- 250 years old. In general French oak is more porous, releases more tannins, phenols and solids into the wine and is known for giving wine more subtle and pungent spicy notes like clove and black pepper. Wines are often found to have balsamic flavours and silkier textures.
We feel that by ageing our wines in mixed barrels rather than blending wines matured in different types of oak, the aromas are better married with each other and the wines are seamless and rounded.