Protected by Sierra Cantabria
In spite of a predominantly Mediterranean climate with a notably dry season, the climate in this region is highly influenced by the presence of Sierra Cantabria. Its location in the north, altitude, length and shape create a particular mesoclimate by stopping the cold fronts from the north and channelling the Atlantic winds. On the opposite side is River Ebro, which has carved the undulated valley that extends towards the slopes of the mountain range.
Our vineyards are located in different parts of the landscape. In some cases, our vineyards can be found on mountain slopes facing the south and at altitudes of up to 700 m and in other cases, they are located in valleys, creating a sea of vines that extends from the bodega and in the different undulations of the landscape (terraces), with different orientations and sun exposures.
Poor soils and low yields
The predominant type of soil in all the vineyards, regardless of their location, is a calcareous-clay soil made up of limestone, mart and sandstone. These soils are colour golden brown with a low-capacity for water retention that, in addition to the limited rainfall, produce low yields and a high quality grape with concentrated aromas and colour.
Tempranillo is the exclusive variety in Obalo, mainly gobelet trained in a candelabrum formation with 3 branches. These small old vineyards with an age range between 40 and 90 are used to produce the Crianza and Reserva wines made by Bodegas Obalo; they coexist with younger vineyards that produce the young red wine Obalo. Throughout the year, the destination of the grapes is slowly established while working alongside our winegrowers, which have a long tradition and extensive expertise in the care of vines.