Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia is located in Haro, the capital of the Rioja Alta region. The complex that houses the winery is the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region, dating back to 1877.
The bodega is acknowledged today as an example to the rest of the industry of the most perfect combination of buildings and vineyards. For 145 years, four generations of the López de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines. Masterpieces which have achieved that which the founder of the company, Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, defined in the late nineteenth century as the “Supreme Rioja”.
Vineyard care, a scrupulous selection of grapes, ageing in oak barrels in the heart of deep underground galleries, and the later ageing in bottles, all contribute to making these illustrious wines with their exceptional bouquet.
Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta who built the bodega, founded Viña Tondonia in the years 1913-14. Tondonia was to become the bodega’s most famous vineyard and product.
Also truly excellent is the Viña Bosconia, which BonV has in its stock. Viña Bosconia is fruitier than the Viña Tondonia, with a higher proportion in Tempranillo, is less dry and warmer. Elegant with an impeccable balance, smooth, displaying a great quality of fresh fruit, plums, morello cherries, good refreshing acidity in a very fine, classy wine.
Producer: Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia
Region: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Robert Parker: 92 Points
James Suckling: 96 Points
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
‘The 2009 Viña Bosconia Reserva shows the ripeness of the very warm and dry year. It’s structured and concentrated, quite different from the finesse of the Tondonia. Bosconia has always been more rustic and powerful and Tondonia all about finesse and nuance. There are dark plums and baking spices, a touch of singed leather, the fruit very strong to counterbalance the aging in barrel. This is a powerful Bosconia.’ 92 points
‘Very ripe still, with crushed berry and light jam. Vanilla undertones to the fruit. Turns to flowers, both fresh and dried. Complex cedar, tobacco and walnut. It’s full-bodied with round, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Richer than past vintages, but turns linear and refined at the finish.’ 96 points
Avda. de Vizcaya, 3. 26200 Haro
La Rioja, Spain