San esteban was the first cooperative winery built in La Rioja (1953) and was composed of 16 members at that time. A modest modernization of the facilities started in the 80s by incorporating stainless steel tanks, and in 2000 a major expansion was approved, with the latest technology in terms of production and bottling.
The origin of the grapes is exclusively from our own vineyards, the oldest of which date from 1900 and only vinified are grapes from the 550 hectares of area we own.
Harvest laboratory: it is equipped with modern infrared equipment as well as enzymatic test equipment. Grape classification process and traceability process begin here, which allows us to keep strict control from the vineyard to the bottle.
Second laboratory: used the rest of the year, it is equipped with the BEST innovative equipment for analytical and microbiological control of our wines.
The best French and American oak barrels lie in this hall. Its location, built against the ground, allows it to meet an optimum and stable temperature and humidity conditions throughout the year. The barrels are regularly replaced so that we can have suitable barrels to provide our wines with excellent ageing at any time.
The winery has several rooms for meetings and conferences, various events, technical / winemaking training courses, wine tasting, etc.
INCOMING GRAPES HOPPERS
The grapes enter inside the winery through two hoppers with processing units, allowing us to properly sort them as soon as they are harvested.
San Esteban is clearly committed to the environment, conveniently separating all waste generated (plastic, cardboard, paper...) and sorting it to be recycled.
Moreover, a large investment has been made in a huge wastewater treatment plant in order to achieve a perfect purification of water. Strict periodical analytical tests permit us to check that all wastewater has been purified before dumping.
PRODUCTION AND BOTTLING PREMISES
In addition to the large amount of stainless steel tanks, these halls are equipped with the exhaustive winemaking systems and micro-oxygenation equipment.
We have a full bottling line which allows us to complete the entire bottling process of our own wine.
MURILLO DE RÍO LEZA
A municipality with 1850 inhabitants located at the confluence of Jubera and Leza rivers, the latter a tributary of Ebro river. Located at 407 meters of altitude and 14 kilometers far from Logroño.
Placed at the threshold making way to three areas of great interest in Rioja: upstream, the Leza takes us to Camero Nuevo; heading for Ventas Blancas we would reach the “Alpujarras Riojanas” area (Santa Cecilia or Bucesta) and, (quita coma) finally, Ocón Valley.
Interesting to walk through the streets to understand its evolution. Besides it is a must to visite the church dedicated to Saint Stephen, a site of historical and artistic interest since 1979.