The group Familia Martínez Bujanda includes several wineries based across the country: Finca Valpiedra and Viña Bujanda in Rioja; Finca Antigua in La Mancha; Finca Montepedroso in Rueda and Cosecheros y Criadores, devoted to PGI (Vino de la Tierra) and table wines.
This division took place a few years ago when the family decided to split the wineries and vineyards into two groups. Valdemar is led by Jesús Martínez-Bujanda, whereas Familia Martínez Bujanda is commanded by brother Carlos and sister Pilar. Except for table wines, they only use grapes from their own vineyards.
Finca Valpiedra occupies one of the most spectacular vineyards in Rioja, strategically found in a meander of the river Ebro. It is the only estate in the appellation Rioja which is part of the Spanish Association of Grandes Pagos (single vineyard estates). Located in Fuenmayor (Rioja Alta), it includes 80 hectares producing around 250,000 bottles a year.
The rolling stone soils give name to the estate (stone is piedra, in Spanish) and are its main differential feature. Their wine Finca Valpiedra (€20) comes from these Tempranillo and, to a lesser extent, Graciano and also Maturana vines, a variety which has replaced Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. Cantos de Valpiedra (€7) is a Tempranillo single varietal which has been aged in French and American oak for 12 months. Depending on the market, it features a generic or a Crianza back label. Its wine tourism package includes bicycle routes along the vineyards.
Viña Bujanda comes from 120 hectares of vineyards spread across Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Its portfolio, focused in good value wines, includes a range of young styles (white, rosé and red; all sold at around €4); Viña Bujanda Madurado, aged for three moths in oak barrels; a Crianza (around €5.5) and a Reserva (around €8).
Finca Antigua benefits from the altitude (900 metres) of its vineyards, which lie between the provinces of Cuenca and Toledo. There are over 400 hectares under vine producing a large portfolio of wines: two whites (a dry Viura and a naturally sweet Muscat); a range of single varietal reds (Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Garnacha); Finca Antigua Crianza; Ciclos de Finca Antigua Reserva and Clavis, their top wine. Wine tourists may find tastings, wine and food pairings and tours around the vineyard on board 4x4 vehicles.
The family's first Verdejo was made at Finca Montepedroso and launched in 2010. The 25 hectares owned by the Martínez Bujanda family on the outskirts of Rueda are located at 750 metres above sea level and provide all the fruit for this wine left on lees, which costs around €7. Visits and tastings are available at the winery.
Familia Martínez Bujanda Group wines can be bought online in Spain.