Bodegas Bhilar

David Sampedro Gil

 Bodegas Bhilar, Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa

Situated around the town of Elvillar, David’s Bodegas Bhilar (Bhilar the derivation of the Basque word for Elvillar), concentrates on high altitude, sustainable viticulture, his vineyards have since 2006 been farmed organically, he practices biodynamics and he is currently working towards Demeter certification. In addition to this his winery is powered solely by solar power.  

In the early days of Bodegas Bhilar, the older generation labelled him the ‘laziest winemaker in town’ for allowing plants to grow between his rows (to foster biodiversity in the vineyards which contributes to the overall health of the vines) and not spraying his vines with pesticides and herbicides. Ironically it’s the intuitive practices of his grandfather’s generation that he has returned to.

David is also involved in a number of projects around Spain under his DSG Vineyards label, making wine in Rias Baixas, Salamanca and Navarra to name some but not all. Wherever he makes wine the same unmistakable elegance is evident in every expression of the land.  

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Lágrimas de Graciano 2017

Lágrimas de Graciano 2017

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Lágrimas de Graciano 2017

Tasting: An elegant yet powerful grape varietal as the red fruit shines through along with some spice.  Graciano – rare in monovarietal form – makes extremely expressive wines, a perfumed nose of violets and rose leads to a delicious palate of spiced blackberries, cassis and distinct mineral undertones. This is a rare and appealing wine.

David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stun his fans year after year. 

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Graciano

Aging: 6 months In concrete vats on lees

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Bhilar Berria 2020

Bhilar Berria 2020

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Bhilar Berria 2020

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stun his fans year after year. Produced using a technique called ‘Carbonic Maceration’ which helps produce, light, fruit driven wines, the Berria, is packed full of juicy, vibrant red and purple fruit, it explodes across the palate, fresh and aromatic, this is super interesting wine!

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Viura

Aging: 2020

Alcohol 11%

Closure: Cork

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Bhilar Blanco 2019

Bhilar Blanco 2019

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Bhilar Blanco 2019

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stun his fans year after year. Partial skin contact gives this wine high viscosity with white fruits on the nose with a hint of guava. On the palate the wine is super fresh with loads of acidity and length, fresh green fruit, pear flesh and fresh mountain herbs.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Viura, Garnacha Blanca

Aging: Fermented on skins in concrete then transferred to French oak for 6 months.

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol: 12%

Closure: Cork

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Bhilar Tinto 2019

Bhilar Tinto 2019

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Bhilar Tinto 2019

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stun his fans year after year. Intense notes of ripe fruit, forest fruits and a fine mineral character. This is silky, full and round with a fresh acidity, integrated oak and a delicious long finish.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura

Aging: 18 months in old French oak

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol 14.5%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca Hapa Blanco 2019

Phinca Hapa Blanco 2019

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Phinca Hapa Blanco 2019

Tasting: This wine from Bodegas Bhilar falls under the Struggling Vines label, led primarily by Melanie Hickman, and named after their late four-legged friend Hapa. Bhilar’s vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically with Demeter certification upcoming. Fermented on skins, producing an orange wine of exceptional complexity. On the nose it has aromas of quince, peach and honey along with delicious balsamic notes. On the palate it is dense and very mineral. It has structure, good acidity and fantastic length.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Viura, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasía

Aging: 12 months in large format old oak

Vintage: 2019

Alcohol 14.5%

Closure: Cork

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Phincas 2017

Phincas 2017

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Phincas 2017

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar) he makes an array of exceptional wine that stuns his fans year after year. Floral scents and bright red fruit on the nose, the beguiling palate is full of truffles, red fruit, blueberries, spices, coffee and lots of minerality. 

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Viura

Aging: 18 months in French oak

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca Hapa Tinto 2017

Phinca Hapa Tinto 2017

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Phinca Hapa Tinto 2017

Tasting: This wine from Bodegas Bhilar falls under the Struggling Vines label, led primarily by Melanie Hickman, and named after their late four-legged friend Hapa. Bhilar’s vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically with Demeter certification upcoming. There is great freshness and perfume in this wine, very typical of the wines of Bhilar, the palate shows wild red berries, forest fruits, layers of spice and tightly wound but perfectly balanced tannins.

Bodega: Struggling Vines / Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano

Aging: 12 months in French oak

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14.5%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca Abejera 2013

Phinca Abejera 2013

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Phinca Abejera 2013

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar) he makes an array of exceptional wine that stuns his fans year after year. Phinca Abejera is a majestic wine, deep and complex, aromas of lilac and red blossom, the velvety palate is redolent of redcurrants, black raspberry, Mediterranean herbs, and the trademark menthol quality that runs through so many of his wines.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura  

Aging: 36 months in French oak barrels

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca Abejera 2012

Phinca Abejera 2012

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Phinca Abejera 2012

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar) he makes an array of exceptional wine that stuns his fans year after year. Phinca Abejera is a majestic wine, deep and complex, aromas of lilac and red blossom, the velvety palate is redolent of redcurrants, black raspberry, Mediterranean herbs, and the trademark menthol quality that runs through so many of his wines.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura  

Aging: 36 months in French oak barrels

Vintage: 2012

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca La Revilla 2013

Phinca La Revilla 2013

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Phinca La Revilla 2013

Tasting: David Sampredo-Gil’s Bodegas Bhilar has slowly become one of the most respected small wineries in Rioja. His vineyards are bursting with life due to the biodiversity he encourages using organic and biodynamic farming. Based in the subregion of Alavesa around the town of Elvillar (Bhilar is the Basque word for Elvillar), he makes an array of exceptional wine that stuns his fans year after year. Phinca La Revilla is made from 100% Viura, and is aged in barrel for and incredible 6 years before bottling and release. Dense, aromatic, and incredibly complex, notes of vermouth, cereals, royal jelly, quince, dried flowers and chamomile. A wine with no equal.

Bodega: Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Viura

Aging: 6 years in old French oak

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Phinca Hapa Tinto 2016

Phinca Hapa Tinto 2016

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Phinca Hapa Tinto 2016

Tasting: This wine from Bodegas Bhilar falls under the Struggling Vines label, led primarily by Melanie Hickman, and named after their late four-legged friend Hapa. Bhilar’s vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically with Demeter certification upcoming. There is great freshness and perfume in this wine, very typical of the wines of Bhilar, the palate shows wild red berries, forest fruits, layers of spice and tightly wound but perfectly balanced tannins.

Bodega: Struggling Vines / Bodegas Bhilar

Region: D.O.Ca Rioja

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano

Aging: 12 months in French oak

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14.5%

Closure: Cork

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