Bodega Murua, from Masaveu Bodegas, is making a strong commitment to the reconversion of the vineyard to organic in line with its sustainable philosophy. This Rioja Alavesa winery has been practicing this type of cultivation since 2015 and currently has 41 hectares of vineyards registered as organic, which represents just over 50% of its total wine-growing area, and it hopes to reach 100% by 2026.

Each year, Bodega Murua converts different vineyard items to this production system. This leap towards the ecological is in line with the sustainable philosophy that defines the entire winery group and that is committed to organic viticulture, modifying its practices to sustainable systems that preserve soil quality through the use of non-chemical phytosanitary products, develop the biodiversity , favor better water management, preserve air quality, facilitate better energy management, as well as attenuation and adaptation to the effects of climate change .

In total, Bodega Muruaowns 80 hectares of vineyards, spread over 51 plots in Elciego and nearby towns such as Laguardia, Villabuena de Álava, Lanciego, Leza or Navaridas. 44 of those hectares are distributed in plots with a very small extension , being 0.2 ha. the smallest and 3.35 ha. the biggest. In the winery, the multiplicity of surfaces leads to complex oenological work to taste and treat each area separately , carrying out continuous monitoring of the evolution of the vines and grapes in the vineyards, as well as specific control or care in each plot of each variety. . Some of the hundred-year-old plots with a very narrow plantation frame are currently farmed with horses before

the impossibility of carrying out these tasks mechanically as the plots are practically inaccessible.

Aware of the investment and time involved in certain manual practices, Murua is committed to offering and ensuring the highest quality in its elaborations through meticulous precision in the work .

Permaculture: vegetal cover and natural fight against pests

In this context of sustainability, Bodega Murua chooses to maintain a partial or permanent vegetal cover , favoring the biological activity of the soil and its natural balance, avoiding all kinds of herbicides that destroy and alter the soil and subsoil ecosystems, contaminating their sometimes groundwater.

The winery tries to work in line with the so-called “permaculture”, a method based on observing the patterns and characteristics of the natural ecosystem in order to apply and adapt it to vine cultivation, protecting the environment and responding to the different difficulties arising from climate change.

Also, Murua makes a natural fight against pests and diseases, a system of biological balance that is based on the protection and help of the breeding of beneficial species, favoring the crops themselves and contributing to improving not only the ecosystem of the vineyard and the surroundings of the winery but also the aesthetics of the landscape. It is about favoring biodiversity by lowering the pressure of parasite pests in a natural way, favoring the presence of auxiliary insects, maintaining productive capacity, limiting fungal diseases and promoting the longevity of crops and excellent raw material.

All these measures allow the winery to have a detailed daily care of its own vineyards and a deep commitment to sustainability, respecting the natural course of the vineyard.

Use of new technologies

In his continuing search for production efficiency and improvement of sanitary control of the vineyard with the elaboration of products with fewer resources that are committed to quality through the preservation of the environment, Bodega Murua also resorts to the support of new technologies to have an exhaustive control of the vineyards and adequate forecasting.

Thanks to the three meteorological stations that it has on different plots, decisions can be made in this winery quickly and accurately, anticipating possible future weather adversities. In addition, the optical vision selection table allows the best quality grapes to be selected homogeneously and precisely; the use of drones makes it easier to obtain detailed information on the vines such as the vigor of the plant and of the vegetal covers or the yield of the grape; remote control of temperatures and humidity inside the cellar facilitates good conditions for the production of these wines.

Murua has managed to produce in recent years, with all these techniques, wines that express the essence of the terroir , transmitting its personality.

About Bodega Murua

Bodegas Murua, by Masaveu Bodegas, is located in the beautiful town of Elciego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. In an environment of impressive landscapes, the noble main building maintains the structure of the ancestral homes typical of this area of La Rioja Alavesa.

The winery belongs to the Masaveu family since 1974, when it was acquired to make wine privately until, years later, they decided to remodel it and promote it commercially with a strong commitment to quality.

Currently, Murua produces 220,000 bottles made with the ecological philosophy and respect for the land that defines the winery group present in different Designations of Origin in the country: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra) , Leda (Wine from the Land of Castilla y León) and Valverán ice cider (Asturias).