The story of Viña Zorzal and their family estate began in 1989 when Antonio Sanz founded an estate just a few miles south of the edge of the Rioja with a dream of producing his own wines in Navarra. Antonio found the terroir to be quite unique as the arid conditions made it vitally important for the vines to dig their roots deep into the clay soils to find water in order to survive. With careful attention to the vines and building on the philosophy that true wine is created in the vineyard first, in 2007 Antonio’s three sons (Iñaki, Xabier, Mikel) joined him creating Viña Zorzal. Driven to restore the natural flora found in the area around the vines and with the the desire to rescue native Navarra grape varieties, Antonio’s three sons have taken their father’s work one step further working organically and focusing on site specific wines.
In the vineyard, Viña Zorzal practices with minimal intervention. All vineyard work is done by hand, native plants are used as ground cover, and they fertilize with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. These minimalistic practices are carried out in the winery as only native yeasts are used, spontaneous fermentation occurs, and no additions are used with the exception of minimal sulphur at bottling.
– El Inquilino –
“Our intrepid Zorzal flies to his neighbor Rioja! Here you can find his new home … We are Inquilinos! (Tenants) El Inquilino Wines is a careful selection of Tempranillo and Grenache grapes in the area of the Najerilla valley. Our goal, as in all our wines, is to produce honest wines with local varieties, minimal intervention, wines that talk about its origin.”