Conde de Hervías & Mencos

Conde De Hervías is a project by Íñigo Manso de Zúñiga Ugartechea. Íñigo owns prestigious plots of old vines in Rioja Alta surrounding his home in Torremontalvo. His family has been selling to the likes of Campo Viejo for many years. Íñigo’s intention is to produce a classically styled Rioja from his oldest parcels near his village of Torremontalvo.

The site is in the heart of Torremontalvo and many of the vines here pre-date phylloxera. These vineyards were planted by Don Nicanor Manso de Zúñiga, the Count of Hervías, and his brother Don Victor Cruz, founder of the oenology station of Haro. To their amazement, these vines survived phylloxera due to the sandy nature of the plots. Conde de Hervías is made from a selection of these very old vines. The vines surround the estate and are bordered by the Ebro River.

Íñigo was trained at the University of Bordeaux in France. This training taught him to respect balance and restraint over power and concentration. His philosophy at the estate is based on harvesting ripe grapes that are not overly mature.

Íñigo only makes the Conde de Hervías in the best vintages, during the interceding years the grapes destined for this wine are used in his second label: Torre del Conde de Hervías. To complement the Conde de Hervías Íñigo has released a second line of wines called Mencos. The idea behind these wines is to create a line of traditionally styled Rioja from Íñigo’s younger vineyards.