Bodegas Bhilar

The wines of Bhilar are undeniably 'Rioja' but with a whole lot of terroir-driven, nature-loving soul.

The neighbours (and his grandmother) thought David Sampedro Gil was mad when he began farming biodynamically in 1999. But aren't we glad he did! The wines he makes have wonderful elegance, freshness and lovely herbal influences. Think thyme, eucalyptus, nutmeg and lavender with a big hit of morello cherries.

But back to the beginning... why did his neighbours think he was crazy? Well, his overgrown, weed-covered plots looked nothing like their neat and tidy vineyards. They thought he was smothering them, when in fact, he was reviving the overworked land by eliminating chemicals and re-introducing biodiversity.

Today, David and his wife Melanie Hickman maintain three simple mantras for their winemaking; Village wines with a sense of place, Village Estate wines with an expression of character and for the Single Vineyards – provocative expression. So give them a taste, we promise you won't see Rioja in the same light again.

“The limestone soil, vines, microclimate, and the human element give our wines a unique personality”

David Sampedro Gil, winemaker

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