Gonzalo Gonzalo Grijalba is the enfant terrible of the Rioja region. Gonzalo decided to work biodynamically (rare in the region) after his father fell ill in the ‘70s from chemicals used in the vineyard. Armed with degrees in Biology and Oenology, he tried to get a bank loan for his budding winery but was refused – enter 'Gran Cerdo'; meaning ‘big pig’ in honour of those greedy bankers.
It’s 100% Tempranillo, farmed biodynamically on his small 4ha property, fermented naturally in whole bunches, bottled unfiltered, unfined and with minimal sulphur. Full of of dark cherry, ripe red fruits and earth, with tight acidity and velvety tannins. Ideal mid-week quaffer. PS. Gonzalo breaks the appellation rules so you won’t see ‘Rioja’ on the label.