• Verum embarks on a new journey in pursuit of winemaking excellence, heading to La Rioja.

Bodegas Verum introduces two new wines from La Rioja to the market: a Garnacha from Cordovín (Ilusio Verum) and a Tempranillo from San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Iter Verum), both  from old bush vines.

Elías López Montero, Verum’s oenologist with previous winemaking experience in South Africa, Ribera del Duero, Patagonia Argentina and three different regions of Chile, adds La Rioja to his winemaking ventures.


Decisive encounters, names that accompany the journey

Elías studied a master’s degree in viticulture and oenology in La Rioja, where he met some of the leading names in the wine industry today, such as Eduardo Eguren (Cuentaviñas), who invited Elias to join a unique project in Cordovín: four oenologists with four different interpretations of the same Garnacha vineyard, owned by the Benés family.

Rioja is above all Tempranillo, and Verum could not miss the opportunity to show its particular interpretation with old vines from one of the most emblematic towns of Rioja: San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Verum begins a new chapter

Elías López Montero’s journeys, which has taken him from his native Tomelloso to make wines in places as far away as South Africa, Alto Valle del Río Negro (Verum Patagonia), Chile, and closer to home as Ribera del Duero and from 2021 La Rioja, what marks  a new dimension for Verum with two new modern-style  wines with a nod to the Manchegan roots of Elías himself, as the ageing process involves clay amphorae made taken to the place especially for these wines.

True to our history and way of life, tireless travellers in search of stories that reflect the passion for viticulture without limits or distances, and with the commitment to show the truth through wine, Bodegas Verum embarks on a new path to continue fulfilling dreams.

ILUSIO VERUM (TRUE ILLUSIÓN) is a Garnacha from old vineyards in one of La Rioja’s highest-altitude areas (670 meters). With low production and manual harvest, 70% ages in clay amphorae from La Mancha, and the rest in 600-liter oak barrels.

ITER VERUM (TRUE JOURNEY) SAN VICENTE DE LA SONSIERRA. From one of the most important wine-producing villages in La Rioja, it is made from Tempranillo grapes from two different locations, one limestone, which offers rotundity, and the other clayey, which provides liveliness and freshness. It is aged in 300-litre used barrels and 500-litre new barrels with 40% in Manchego clay amphorae.

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