Founded in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, Snr López established the legendary Tondonia vineyards on the alluvial slopes overlooking the River Ebro on the cusp of the Alta and Alavesa wine sub-regions. A visionary and a romantic, his aspirations were impressive- for not just his wines but architecturally as well. The Lopez de Heredia portfolio extends over four autonomous vineyard areas, of which Tondonia is both the largest and the most famous. The other three are Cubillo, Bosconia and Gravonia; each with distinctive terroir and aspect and differing styles of wine.
A year officially rated as very good. The vine year passed normally, with the exception of the abundant precipitations that took place in June. However, it did not have a negative effect in the setting of the grapes. This good fertilization and absence of spring frost was followed by a dry and hot summer, free of neither cryptogamic nor fungal diseases, which produced an abundant harvest. Besides, some ripening inequalities were observed in this harvest, which could be corrected during October, which was very appropriate regarding the climatic aspect for the realization of a calm and selective harvest. The harvest started on September 22nd and lasted until the 25th of the same month for the white varieties. For the red varieties, the harvest was re-started on October 7th in «Viña Tondonia», and the work was not stopped until its completion on October 24th. Fresh and persistent.This wine is smooth and fresh with body and complexity due to the ageing conditions.