Traditionally, the grapes were pressed using a wooden beam. A method dating back to the ancient Greeks. The original stone and the fulcrum of the lever still remain today. In the 20th century this was replaced by a basket press with two spindles and later on by a hydraulic press.
In the 19th and 20th centuries cement tanks were built that replaced the original ones made of mud and wood. The capacity of the tanks is traditionally expressed in ‘cántaros‘, 16 litres jars, and totals up to 25,000 ‘cántaros‘.
These ‘technological improvements’ were instigated by the great-great-grandparents of the current owners, wool traders from origin. During their many business trips to France they came in contact with wine producing families in de Bordeaux region. The family Hiriart, not only brought back their winemaking skills but also their experience in treatments and pruning of the vines.
Today, tribute is being paid to the ancestors who were able to unite the best of the wine culture of Castilla and Bordeaux!
Bodega Hiriart is a new winery with history and experience that combines tradition and new technology to express all that a wine can be!
The new winery is built on top of the old, underground warehouse. It combines tradition with new technology to ensure quality, the objective of this family business. In order to preserve the old cellar under the new winery, significant engineering efforts have been made.
For 250 years ‘Clarette’ has been produced. The construction of the winery dates back to 1750 when they manually excavated the vaults which still remain.
Today, tribute has been paid to the ancestors who were able to unite and convey the best of the wine culture of Castilla and Bordeaux!
Under the direction of winemaker Patricia Práganos, the rosé and red wines are produced with great care. Tight control from vineyard to fermentation results in the wine that you will pour in your glass.
After a careful harvest, the grapes are de-stemmed to avoid any harshness in the wines. A modern hydraulic press is used for gently pressing the grapes to get the best out of them.
Our saignée rosé wines re-claim their place in its style; its personality and quality has, unjustly, been forgotten.
Hiriart, the taste of Art!
All our wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans