Luis Cañas is a fourth generation family owned family focused on producing single vineyard wines. Luis Cañas is named after the founder, Luis Cañas who was born in 1928. Initially the winery would sell their wines in bulk but in the 1970s, Luis Cañas decided to bottle under its own label, Luis Cañas. Then over the years he gradually and successfully built up the business. In 1989 Luis Cañas’ son, Juan Luis Cañas took over and there followed a new modern cellar in 1994 with improved winemaking facilities.
The winery is located in Rioja Alavesa, at 800 metres above sea level. Here the vineyards sit at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria. Rioja Alavesa is just north of the River Ebro overlooking Rioja Alta where the vineyards can be planted at up to 700 metres above sea level.
The vineyards are planted mainly on slopes and terraces, on non fertile yellow calcareous clay soils which produces low yielding grapes. Growing on the terraces and slopes, it gives the vines more consistent exposure to the sun (as opposed to being in the valley) and this helps give the vines a unique microclimate.
The winery focuses on low yielding and small cluster vines. As a result 400 hectares equates to 900 different vineyards. The grapes used for the reds are a minimum of 30 years old. The The vines for the Luis Cañas Crianza are an average of 30 years old, Luis Cañas Reserva 40 years, Family Selection Reserva wines with an average age of 45 years, Gran Reservas from 50 years old and Hiru 3 Bunches with an average of 60 years.
The grapes in the reds are mainly Tempranillo with some Garnacha and Graciano. The Luis Cañas Cask-fermented white consists of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía from an average vine age of 50 years.
Luis Cañas does not use any herbicides or synthetic fertilisers and they’ve employed a team to focus on sustainable vineyard management. The team consists of an “agricultural engineer, a technical agronomist and oenologist as well as 8 workers who are true vineyard masters.
The grapes and vines are not only chosen in the vineyard, their status/appearance/colour is also checked on a sorting table at the winery itself and each berry is individually checked. So only the best grapes make it through the double selection process to make wine. The company used both French and American-oak casks bought from the best in the business. No oak barrel is used more than an average of 3 years to ensure the oak continues to play a part in the flavours and components in the wine.
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