Bodegas Cornelio en La Rioja. Vinos ecológicos de Rioja. Gama de vinos Cornelio y Vega Vella.

Our vineyards


The Cornelio range comes from our old vines in Rioja Alta, on the golden mile between San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briones and San Asensio. These vines are grown in a way that preserves the ecosystem as much as possible and produces the best fruit following organic farming principles that provide distinguishing parameters to traditional agriculture.

We work with the local grape varieties that best represent Rioja wine: Tempranillo and Garnacha for red and rosé wines and Viura for white wines.

These vines are the most important ones across the 28 plots of land that make up our vineyards. They are trained as bush and take up about 74 acres.

Bodegas Cornelio en La Rioja. Vinos ecológicos de Rioja. Gama de vinos Cornelio y Vega Vella.

In the Vega Vella range

All certified according to the EU standards on organic farming– our vineyards are dominated by the Tempranillo variety, but we also grow other regional varieties such as Graciano, Garnacha and Maturana Tinta, which are key to producing red wines with a distinguished character.

Our white wines are produced with the Sauvignon Blanc, Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay  varieties that grow alongside our red grapes happily surrounded by scrub.

The vineyards grow at a 400 meter altitude on the northern plain of the Ebro River –on the western side of Rioja– and make the most of the exceptional microclimate that greatly benefits the winegrowing with its cold dry winters and warm summers.

Our vines are mostly visited by the north-western wind called the “cierzo” and occasional showers, which is the perfect mix for organic winegrowing.

The land is made up of calcareous soil and pebbles, which enrich and air the soil. There is also a vast amount of sandy loam and some gypsum. Added to its north-west/south-east facing position, our vineyards enjoy the perfect exposure and ventilation to obtain the desired ripening. Some vines are over 50 years old and tend to produce grapes with exceptional natural characteristics and are therefore perfect to make great wines with the unique character of this terroir.

Our vineyards are vast, but the thorough control required for organic winegrowing makes us handle our vines with utmost care and precision.

Assuring the quality of our grapes can only be achieved by limiting the production, no more than 5,000 kg per 2.5 acres, and with a thorough technological control from the very first stage of the growing cycle and right up to the harvesting, always relying on the expertise we have gained over more than three decades in organic farming. This technology is also applied during the winemaking and provides great flexibility at this stage based on the grape variety, the vineyard and the characteristics of the fruit.