Bodegas Zugober was founded in 1987 by viticulturist Eduardo Gomez Palma and his winemaker wife Maribel Bernardo.
This family has wine in its blood; Eduardo comes from a family of winemakers from Jerez, so he has been involved in winemaking since early childhood while Maribel’s grandparents’ vines inspired her viticulture studies in Bordeaux.
They later moved to Rioja, founding Bodegas Zugober.Their son Manuel is now following in their footsteps to take over the business.
Located in the village of Lapuebla de Labarca, the winery is right in the heart of the prestigious Rioja Alavesa sub-region – prized for its altitude and chalk-rich soils, imparting elegance and finesse to the wines.
The name Zugober is an acronym - each letter corresponding to the surname of all of the family members that have, in one way or another helped create the bodega and its wines.
The altitude mitigates the temperatures in the warm region and imparts elegance and finesse to the wines.
While the family started with a humble property, Bodegas Zugober today owns a 30-hectare vineyard, scattered across different plots, ranging from 340 to 600m above sea level.
About 80% of their vineyard is covered with the Tempranillo grape variety (from young to old vines), and the remainder is covered with indigenous Viura, Graciano and Mazuelo, as well as a small percentage of Chardonnay, Garnacha and Petit Verdot.
The vineyards demonstrate the love for the land through an ecological approach based on respect for the vines and the environment.
All the grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected. The altitude mitigates the temperatures in the warm region and imparts elegance and finesse to the wines.
From this cool site there is a magnificent view of the “Leon Dormido”, a mountain peak that resembles the shape of a sleeping lion and that imparts even more romanticism and magic to this place.
This mountain peak is part of the Sierra Cantabrica, which protects the region from the severest effects of northerly winds.
The range name ‘Belezos’ refers to an old Spanish term describing the tools that were used for harvesting - the same tools that were found in the vineyards when the bodega was created.
The wines are said to have their own unique personalities, inspired by the soul and passion of the family.