Grimón was established by Paco Grimón who runs the bodega and his brother Eliseo who takes care of the viticulture. Their 25 hectares of vineyards are based in the Valle de Jubera, a secluded and little known corner of Rioja Alta with a great viticultural history. Viticulture is organic but has not been certified as they feel that the vineyards have always been organic leading to their question of “why do I need certification..?” There is no use of herbicides and pesticides, with sheep manure being used as fertilizer. All of their harvesting is done by hand. Great care is taken to provide the healthiest grapes of the highest quality, as nearly all the wines will experience extended ageing. 75% of the vineyards are planted to Tempranillo, 15% to Garnacha and 10% to Graciano. Plots range from 10 to 45-years old.
The straight Rioja Tempranillo is fermented and aged in stainless steel, with no carbonic maceration which is the usual method used for Rioja jovens. The wine is made from exactly the same fruit that goes into the Crianza (see below). Paco was initially reluctant to make this wine but it is able to show Tempranillo without any oak influence in all its juicy glory!