Viñedos Hontza

HONTZA – “OWL” in Basque – is the symbol of our family winery, a homage to the native guardians of our vineyards, the owls living in the autochthonous pine forest surrounding our land.

Viñedos Hontza is dedicated to making handmade natural wine on a human scale. We are the first and only winery in Labraza, a small medieval hamlet nestled in the foothills of eastern Rioja Alavesa (Basque Country) at 650 m above sea level. Our grapes grow in a unique microclimate, in a landscape of uncommon biodiversity.

Our project is founded on a deep respect for the land on which it was born, deeply rooted in the history – both natural and human – that is its inheritance. Rather than adopting the efficient modern production techniques that threaten the natural balance of our region and the world at large, our aim is to craft unique wines that humbly express the true terroir from which they come.

Key information



The wine

PRELVM rapopsa

Too Mahats

Type: RED WINE  | 2022

70 %Tempranillo, 20% Red Grenache and 10 % Macabeu (white grapes). this is a wine that overflows with grapes, easy to drink, light but fruity. Short maceration (3 days) and aged in stainless steel tank.


Type: RED WINE  | 2022
This wine reflects the geo-climatic variations of the village of Labraza (Rioja Alavesa, Spain). Grown in clay-limestone soil at 600 m. Whole-cluster fermentation from 35-year-old Gobelet style pruning vines: 40% Tempranillo and 60% Red Grenache, Graciano and Mazuela. Half of this wine is aged in a 1500 L. amphora (1850’s) and the other half in a 500 L. French Oak cask.
Hontza Hoyaste


Type: RED WINE  | Field blend wine from Rio Seco 2022
Wine made from a 2-hectare plot with 70-year-old vines located 600 meters above sea level surrounding a dry river. Southeast orientation. “Poor” land: clayey-limestone soil. 40% black grapes (Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuela) over ripened and 60% white grapes (Parrillera, Viura, Calagreño) that provide acidity. Everything is harvested at the same time.

This wine is elaborated with a carbonic maceration and aged during 8 months in French Oak cask.

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