José Luis Ripa Sáenz de Navarrete is a producer with an intimate understanding of Rioja's winemaking history. Having spent numerous years working with esteemed and renowned houses in Rioja, he has garnered extensive knowledge about the intricacies of the winemaking process and the region's unique terroir.
Being married to Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia, a prominent figure in the wine industry and the owner of the renowned López de Heredia Viña Tondonia winery, influenced and deepened his passion for winemaking even further.
Having witnessed the diverse aspects of the wine business, José embarked on his winemaking journey by creating his own label. His venture culminated in producing a classic Spanish Aged Rosado, a rosé wine sourced from vineyards occupying one hectare in the picturesque Najerilla Valley in Rioja Alta. This location is known for its favourable climate and soil conditions, contributing to the exceptional quality of the grapes grown there.
His decision to release his wine with a bit of bottle age sets his wine apart. This approach adds a unique dimension to the wine, allowing it to develop additional complexity and depth before it reaches consumers' hands. By drawing on his profound understanding of Rioja's winemaking heritage and employing a hands-on approach to crafting his wine, José Luis Ripa Sáenz de Navarrete creates wines that reflect his passion, expertise, and respect for the region's winemaking traditions.