Do you want to experience the charm of a XV century cellar? Do you want to enter into the subterranean cellars of a medieval village? Taste unique wines? Participate in the passion of a family?
One of the largest and most ancient of the caves in Rioja Alavesa is 9 meters below ground
Casa Primicia main entrance
Julian Madrid, founder of Bodegas Casa Primicia
View of the Villa de Laguardia from the Carravalseca vineyard
Treading the grapes in Laguardia
Casa Primicia before the restoration
Casa de la Primicia (XI century) is the oldest building of Laguardia village, the capital of Rioja Alavesa. From the beginning of the XV century here the church collected the Tithes and First offerings farming taxes.
That is how Casa Primicia started.
The Madrid Family
A vine grower from Laguardia with the spirit of a pioneer, rescued Casa Primicia from history.
Teresa Castañeda and Julian Madrid, founders of Bodegas Casa Primicia
Rodolfo and Roberto converse under the attentive look of Iker and Juan Ramon
Iñaki and Juan Ramon in the Carravalseca estate
“The Madrid” at the entrance to the installations of Bodegas Casa Primicia
Rodolfo and Maribel analyse the fruits during the harvest
Second and third generation of the Madrid family
The sons of Julian Madrid continue the legacy and increase it in the surrounds of the Laguardia village, without forgetting the roots, restoring the old and historic cellar, a small jewel in the heart of the people.
Today, Julian Madrid’s grandchildren honour him by carrying on the values he established at the vineyard.
Casa Primicia is a magic place, a temple of wine. Its well conserved cellars are silent witnesses to other periods and other people, and its restoration is the homage form the family to the dream of that vine grower from Laguardia called Julian Madrid.
"From good grapes you can produce bad wine, but from bad grapes you will never produce good wine."
View of Laguardia and the landscape from Carravalseca
Old Vines in Los Monjes
The roses are our “alarm system” against any disease of the vineyard
Fernando Domingo (oenologist at Bodegas Casa Primicia), cares day after day for the health of the vineyards
The fruit: “producing good wine is impossible without good grapes”
Time for the harvest in the Olivo estate
Julen able like none in the most abrupt estates
Lagun, always vigilant
Jorge, Mohamed and Mustafa in the hard winter work
Vineyard shelter and old vines near Carravalseca
Taking advantage of the gentle micro climate of the area, the Bodegas Casa Primicia vineyard extends from the estates situated in the foothills of the Cantabria Mountains to the plains near the River Ebro. Mountain range and river, the natural borders of a shire that lives by and for wine, the Rioja Alavesa.
The Carravalseca is the jewel of all the vineyards, an organic estate surrounded by olives in a unique environment, in an estate with the name of an endorheic natural protected lagoon.
The main objective is that of creating very special wines, but accessible to the majority.
During the harvest, the grape is carefully collected into 15-kilo boxes
The grape is also transported using small trailers
Juanjo analyses all that enters the cellar
Iker monitors the tanks where our Carbonic Maceration ferments
Fernando collects samples of the first musts
Selection of wood and toasting for the barrels
Visit to Casa Primicia cellars where the Guild rests
The 4 magnificent ones: Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Tempranillo
The harvest is the most important moment of a year for a cellar and at Bodegas Casa Primicia, we use all our resources to assure that each one is unforgettable. After a meticulous period when the care and monitoring of the maturing process of vines occupies all our attention, finally the long-waited moment arrives: the harvest.
The process begins by transferring the harvested fruits as quickly as possible to the cellar, this way conserving the best condition of the same for their transformation during fermentation. After finalizing the fermentation processes, the wines will be destined according to their physical and organoleptic qualities to young or aged wines. This is a crucial moment. As from this moment the wines destined for ageing will remain for a certain time in barrels, later just like the young wine, they are clarified, filtered very smoothly and bottled.
The detailed process is apparently simple but full of complexities that have to be cared for and monitored in great detail with the final objective of obtaining the best quality in our wines.
Cofradía Casa Primicia
The privilege of being a member
The Casa Primicia cellars where the Guild rests
The ancient vines from where the Guild is selected and carefully cared for
After an “Olympiad of woods”, an exquisite Hungarian oak was chosen for the Guild barrels
201 are exactly the barrels kept in Casa Primicia
Fernando continuously supervises the ageing and condition of the wine until it is bottled
And after all the pleasure of enjoying it
Bodegas Casa Primicia offers the unique opportunity of being an exclusive member of Cofradía Casa Primicia. At Casa Primicia everything is ready so your stay becomes an unforgettable experience. Start the day by touring the underground cellars of Casa Primicia until you find your barrel.
Being a member of Cofradía Casa Primicia grants you the privilege of enjoying the rooms and meeting rooms and do not forget the unequalled experience of the Carravalseca Vineyards and Gardens.
If you want to join this select club of wine lovers, do not hesitate to contact us: +34 945 600 296 or via e-mail: email@example.com.