Bodegas LAN’s honesty is embodied in our wines since the winery’s foundation in 1972.
Bodegas LAN is full of meaning. The name itself is an acronym based on the initials of each of the three provinces that form the D.O.Ca. Rioja: Logroño (currently part of La Rioja), Alava and Navarra.
LAN is Rioja in three letters. Each of our wines shows respect for the land it comes from. LAN means respect for the history of this land.
Winemaking at LAN follows a principle: extreme respect for our grapes, preserving the vineyard’s distinctive features in each of the stages of fermentation and ageing, both in the barrel and in the bottle. We manage each tank individually, based on the destination it has been assigned. Such respect implies preparation, manual selection, creativity, tradition and modernity -all these elements play a part in endeavour to outdue ourselves every day.
A painstaking oak selection along with malolactic fermentation in new barrels transform our estate’s musts into pleasant, unctuous and round wines.
During the ageing process, we re-instill our identity onto each wine separately with the use of different kinds of oak as well as with hybrid barrels, a type of cask pioneered by the winery. At Bodegas LAN we are committed to continuing the meticulous work to test, improve and research each stage of the production process.
At LAN we work with the world’s best coopers when it comes to ageing our wines. The oak we use brings a unique and unmistakeable identity to our range. French, American, Russian and hybrid barrels (American staves and French oak heads built in the same barrel) are chosen and renewed periodically in order for our wines to get the best out of each type of wood.
Santiago Ruiz was universally recognised as the father of Albariño. His family had already produced wine since the end of the 19th Century and he continued the tradition. It wasn't until he retired that he dedicated himself completely to his passion: wine. Winemaker and communicator, Santiago Ruiz is respected as much for his career in wine as for his commitment to the land. This historic family winery, of limited production, dedicates itself with care to crafting singular wines, which preserve the authenticity of an idyllic enclave that is pure Galicia. The historic winery- San Miguel de Tabagón is the location of the first winery founded by Santiago Ruiz himself, at the foot of a small vineyard of barely a hectare in size, where the oldest Albariño vines - from which our Rosa Ruiz wine is born - can be found. It also houses a small museum that keeps the history of this wine-producing family of O Rosal alive. In Santiago Ruiz we have our greatest treasure at the foot of our winery in Tomiño, just 12 kilometres from the old one. Here we innovate and deepen our knowledge of native varietals, such as Albariño and Loureiro, from to the way they are affected by different production methods to the effects of early leaf thinning on the vine itself, to learn and apply the knowledge to other varietals. Committed to the original philosophy of our winery, in Santiago Ruiz we take care to preserve this identifying trait for which we are recognised. Love and care in vine growing and winemaking, exclusivity and limited production, maintaining stringency in the personalised attention and hand selection of the bunches of grapes from our own vineyard.
Our particular way of doing things combines O Rosal's traditional winemaking techniques with generations of family knowledge of care for the vines and the most innovative techniques. A method with which we seek to study our land and native varieties. Our surroundings are idyllic, a typical Galician landscape. In the heart of San Miguel de Tabagón, surrounded by flowers, orange trees and ancient vines, we keep the charm of our old family home and winery alive. We welcome visitors to our small museum, in a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere, where time passes slowly.