Our producers

Área Pequeña

Joseba and Koldo García Quintana
Minimum intervention with some
Castilla y León
Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climates
529m elevation
Clay-calcareous and sandy soils
A single vineyard of 0.5ha of vines
Under 1,300 bottles annually
About the Producer

For the first time to the States in 2024 one of two micro-projects created at Bodegas Tierra thanks to the support of owner, Carlos Fernández. Behind Tronado Wines are Guillermo Fernández and Catalin Grad, both workers at the winery, while Área Pequeña is the brand of the footballer (soccer) brothers Joseba and Koldo García Quintana (Náxara CD and Palencia CF respectively).

With the support of his brother Fidel, winemaker at Bodegas Luis Cañas and Guillermo's father, the Labastida producer decided to mentor both projects altruistically but also out of "pure selfishness,” he says. "We spend all day complaining about the sharks, but if we get young people involved so that in the future they can set up serious, sustainable businesses, they will guarantee my retirement and the future of my children and the region,” says Carlos, whose grandfather was one of the founders of the cooperative. We need to have a greater number of small wineries and be more like Burgundy in that sense.”

Joseba García Quintana (26 years old), who worked for two years at Bodegas Tierra, and his brother Koldo (22 years old), an oenology student, did have 10 hectares of family vineyards in Labastida. As with their cousin Alain in Remelluri, when Tierra offered the brothers the opportunity to let them have a space to make their own wine, they didn't think twice about it."

We really appreciate Carlos' and Fidel's advice because it gives us confidence and helps us not to make beginner's mistakes. When we told them about the style of wine we wanted, they gave us some guidelines about the vineyard area, varieties, type of barrels, etc., but we have total freedom to do whatever we want," says Joseba, who is in charge of the vineyard. "The one thing they really do is to ensure that we don't make any mistakes.”