Hacienda El Ternero
Hacienda El Ternero is a 250 (approximately) hectares ‘island’ located in the heart of Rioja alta. It’s medieval origins go back to 1077, when the land belonged to the Santa María de Herrera Monastery.
Sheltered by the Obarenes mountains, among spruce forests, stands a group of buildings that were formerly used as monastery, military headquartes, school, hospital for pilgrims of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ and chapel, which remains open today to shelter our patron saint, the Virgen de la Pera.
Vineyards of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, among others, surrounded by forests of piceas, encinas and pinsapos.
Its history, geographical location and the altitude of its vineyards, make Hacienda El Ternero a unique winery.
The vineyards, located at an altitude of 650 meters and sheltered by the Obarenes mountains, benefit from a privileged microclimate, ideal for growing grapes, with cold and dry winters and warm summers.
The combination of clay soil and calcareous stone contribute to the soil’s richness and aeration. These factors, and the orientation towards the midday sun of the vines, some more than 50 years old, favor the production of grapes in exceptional natural conditions, ideal for elaborating great wines with the character or our land.
The history of the Hacienda is directly linked to the Cistercian monastery of Santa María la Real de Herrera, to whom it was donated by the king Alfonso VIII, and was its property until the sale of church lands in the 19th Century.
The first mention of the land was in an apostolic bull issued by the Pope Innocent IV, written in Lyon the 15th of May, 1245, under which Ternero was confirmed as one of the Monastery properties.
In 1621 the Hacienda rented the monastery with 150 bushels of wheat, and in 1714 with 186 pitchers of wine.
Actually, vines and cereal are cultivated at Hacienda El Ternero. The property has 60 hectares of vineyards (included in the Rioja D.O.) and another 60 in process of plantation.
In its vineyards, some of them more than 50 years old, we find varieties like Tempranillo, Cabernet, Mazuelo o Viura, among others.
Endemic flora, such as spanish firs, New Orleans orange trees, redwoods, maple trees, chestnut trees and oak trees in the surrounding mountains make this a unique location, much different than the rest of the area.
Hacienda El Ternero has its own private game preserve.
Partridges, rabbits, hares ... and boars and deers, roam around its wooded areas.
Different routes traverse the land, being perfect for hiking, climbing or mountain biking.
The winery is at the heart of the Hacienda. Stone buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centurys were we produce our wines in a artisanal way, paying the attention required to achieve high levels of quality.
We are currently expanding the warehouse (up to 3,000 square meters) to house the production of our vineyards.
In the barrel room, we only work with French oak, which ensures the expression of our terroir.