La Maldita Red 2018

La Maldita Red 2018

Garnacha has traditionally been the second most planted grape variety in Rioja. It is locally known as La Maldita (the cursed one), due to the difficulties it poses in making high-quality wines and to its extremely low yields. Many growers have opted to replace Garnacha throughout the Rioja region; however, Vivanco aims to preserve the heritage of Garnacha in Rioja proving that in fact, the region is a great place to grow Garnacha. Vivanco grows its Garnacha at higher altitudes where the variety expresses its fruity characteristics to the fullest.

100% Garnacha from goblet trained vines more than 40 years old

Vineyard Sites:

Rioja Baja (Tudelilla)

Central Rioja (Villamediana & Alberite)

Rioja Alta (Badaran, San Asensio & San Vicente)

Gravel soils from 450 m in elevation up to 700 m

Cold-soaked in stainless steel to keep the varietal character. Fermentation at 28 degrees C for 10 days with gentle pump-overs followed by malolactic fermentation in tanks.

70% of the wine remains in tanks on the lees for three months, 30% of the wine aged in a combination of French and American oak for 3 months.

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La Maldita Red 2018


Vivanco is more than just a family name–it is a contemporary oenological project with unique, singular wines from the family vineyards that includes a unique museum where visitors can discover the essence of wine based on experience, sensibility and innovation. In 2004, the Vivanco family decided to make their lifelong dream come true with enthusiasm and dedication in Briones, La Rioja by establishing a foundation to share their passion for wine culture with the world and as a way to merge the past to present and pay homage to the generations that came prior. With a humble origin in the vineyard, wine has been the cornerstone of the family for four generations and 100 years of hard work, dedication, and commitment. With a pioneering spirit and boundless enthusiasm, Vivanco aims to give back to the wine industry everything that has been given the family.

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