Dinastía Vivanco is the culmination of the one of the most ambitious wine projects Spain – and perhaps the world – has ever seen, consisting of a museum, educational center, and modern winery. This triumvirate of wine resources was built according to the vision of passionate collector and wine merchant Pedro Vivanco, one of Spain’s first enologists and the third generation of Vivancos in the wine business – his grandfather was a “cosechero” who began selling wine door-to-door in 1915.
The winery is impressive, surrounded completely by vineyards and boasting a fully underground, naturally cooled aging cellar that houses 3500 barrels. For their annual bottlings, Vivanco selects only the top 20-30% of the annual harvest and only from their own vineyards (they own 440 hectares), ensuring complete control over the quality. Their goal is to make world-class, iconic wines.
The family tradition continues with sons Santiago and Rafael Vivanco. Santiago manages the museum and “Fundación Cultura de Vino”, while Bordeaux-trained Rafael heads the viticulture and winemaking. Rafael’s intention is to follow the history of Rioja, using only indigenous grapes, tradtional methods, and subtle influence of oak.