A Small Town with a Big History
History of Bodegas Faustino
Every town has a history and some of them date back for generations and generations with Bodegas Faustino being one of these historical wineries which was first purchased by Eleuterio Martinez Arzoc in 1861 starting his legacy with the vineyards and manor house where he made his wine and sold it directly from the barrel working from the back of his horse drawn cart.
Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards in most of Europe and the Faustino vineyards were also sadly taken out by the root disease but with the help of his son Faustino Martinez Perez de Albeniz, they reconstructed the vineyards in 1920 and decided to modernise the business by bottling their wines laying down the foundation for a modern and international company.
The first brands of their wines were called; Campillo, Vina Parrita, Santana and Famar and by 1957 with the help of the third generation headed by Julio Faustino Martinez, the company became one of the leaders and the largest export firm for reserve and grand reserve wines.
In 1960 Julio created the brand name “Faustino” in honour of his father and their first export in their international expansion was sent to Austria.
Today the family business is a well known success with over 47000 casks containing wines made under the highest standards, giving them international recognition and the cellars can hold over 9 million bottles of reserve and grand reserve wines with all of them estate grown and bottled.
Wines from Bodegas Faustino
The vineyards are located in the upper portion of Rioja Alavesa at an altitude of 1200 to 1800 feet.
The climate is cool thanks to the sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean and the soils are chalky which allows the vines to thrive.
With more than 150 years of tradition and experience the family Faustino own 650 hectares of vineyards in the best areas of Rioja between Laguardia and Oyon villages and their love and respect for the land and the vineyards is what has made them successful today.
They have recently incorporated new viticulture methods aiding in respect for the environment and makes the vineyards sustainable with the incorporation of alternative treatments for plant protection products, making them the first Spanish group of wineries that have been certified by AENOR the carbon footprint of 8 wines out of 6 wineries.
With the combination of tradition and innovation Bodegas Faustino are able to offer one of the largest selections of reds, whites, roses and cavas to customers in over 70 countries.
The wines produced at Bodegas Faustino are presented in a frosted burgundy style bottle and a Roman numeral follows the name as a classification of their wines.
The top level wines have a 1, the middle of the range bottles are V, entry level V11 and they also have the Crianza, Reserva or grand reserve.
Cava is also one of the wines produced but it is usually associated with Catalonia although it is produced in Rioja.
With all the tradition and generations making their business a success, it would be natural to talk about the wines.
- Faustino V Blanco consists of 75% Viura and 25% Chardonnay grape varietals with aromas of fragrant fruits and fresh, crisp finish
- Faustino V11 Blanco undergoes an unusual vinification process where the grapes are fermented completely clean using enzymes and selected yeasts and it is released four months after bottling. It is a pale gold wine with green reflections and aromas of citrus and floral, consisting of 100% Viura
- Faustino V Reserva Tinto 2005 is an old school red wine that is aged for one year in wooden casks and then refined in the bottle for two years before it is released. This wine has the aromas of vanilla, red cherries, strawberries and toast with an end note of fruit, cloves and cocoa
- Faustino V Rosado is consists of 100% Tempranillo grapes with aromas of strawberries and it is a deep rose colour wine
- Faustino de Autor Reserva Especial is a deep red wine with aromas of cherry, vanilla, cola and strawberry preserves and herby, sweet, musk and berry finish
Faustino also has addition vintages to add to their collection and the Cava selection consists of Cava Brut Reserva, Rosado, Cava extra dry and cava semi seco.
Othe Wine Reviews from Bodegas Faustino
Faustino 1 Brand
Faustino 5 Brand
Faustino 7 Brand
Faustino Specials Brand
Cavas Faustino Brand
Visit Bodegas Faustino
Visiting this small town business will surprise you with the magnificence of perfection and knowledge that has been forwarded through from generation to generation and while you are there you are able to see the vineyards and tour the cellars along with the private cellar tour where you can taste the vintages whilst pairing it up with a delightful meal.
Tours and events
Winery tours is every working day at 10 and 13, book your visit here.
Book a visit at the vineyard or a wine tasting to discover the evolution of Faustino wines over time. You can also book a company visit with a winery or vineyard tour, or maybe wine tasting when having a board meeting.
Carretera Logroño s/n
01320 Oyón, Álava, Spain
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Wines from Bodegas Faustino
Faustino I – Gran Reserva 2001 75cl Bottle€19.07 Find Merchant
Faustino VII – Rosado 2012-14 75cl Bottle€10.46 Find Merchant
Faustino VII – Rioja Tinto 2012 75cl Bottle€10.99 Find Merchant
Faustino – de Autor 2001 6x 75cl Bottles€207.01 Find Merchant
Faustino – Brut Reserva 75cl Bottle€15.33 Find Merchant
Faustino VII – Rioja Blanco 2014 75cl Bottle€10.82 Find Merchant
Faustino V – Blanco Sin Crianza 2012-13 75cl Bottle€12.75 Find Merchant
Faustino V – Cava Extra Dry 75cl Bottle€13.10 Find Merchant
Faustino V – Reserva Rioja 2009-10 75cl Bottle€17.15 Find Merchant
Faustino V – Rosado 2012-14 75cl Bottle€12.38 Find Merchant