Gran Bajoz Viñas Viejas Tempranillo 2016 - Toro, Spain
This is great……and here’s why!91/100 Ultimate Wine Challenge “Great Value” (2017 vintage)
90/100 Gilbert & Gaillard (2012 vintage)
90/100 Tom Cannavan (2000 vintage)
Gold Medal, 2020 Mundus Vini (2019 vintage)
Gold Medal, 2019 World Tempranillo (2018 vintage)
Gold Medal, 2019 BACCHUS (2018 vintage)
Gold Medal, 2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge (2017 vintage)
Silver Medal, 2018 AWC Vienna (2017 vintage)
Silver Medal, 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition (2017 vintage)
Pura Aventura "...This was a universal hit....This is a beast of a wine. Everyone in the room took a step back when this one was poured. A beast of a thing, huge character and presence in the glass. And yet, what a delight in the glass. It’s like a lumberjack doing macramé, surprising and delightful. The hot days and cool nights of Toro (off to the north-west of Madrid) combined with the old vines (viñas viejas) really work: low yield vines, great intensity of flavour." (2014 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast Magazine "this wine is sufficiently dense, ripe and strapping, with full berry and cassis aromas along with grit and animal notes. The palate is rugged, high in acidity and a touch hollow in the middle. Rattling flavors of blackberry and cassis finish edgy and gripping." (2013 vintage)
The Winemaker “An enveloping cherry colour, with violet … on the nose it offers sharp and intense aromas of strawberry, raspberry and black liquorice. On the palate it is structured, persistent and meaty.”
Gran Bajoz Vinas Viñas is owned by the Solis family who produces wines in partnership with over 1,000 family-run wineries across 3,500 hectares in La Rioja. The multi-estate approach allows winemakers to access different vineyards and take advantage of the different ripening cycles and grape varieties in the regions to create their award-winning wines.
The World Ranking of Wines and Spirits (WRWS) gave Felix Solis sixth place in the top 100 Best Wineries of the World and second place in the category ‘Best Wineries of Spain’. These accolades add too many already received making Félix Solís Avantis the most awarded winery in the world with 200 medals and awards. The data collected in the WRWS includes medals obtained in 2016 from prestigious competitions as Berliner Wein Trophy, Mundus Vini, Decanter and the International Wine Challenge.
For the creation of the World Ranking of Wines & Spirits, the prestigious association of wine journalists uses data from national and international competitions whose results are public and the score of each winery is established based on the significance of each contest and the importance of the medals awarded.
In 2020 wines produced by the Solís family won 37 medals in the internationally recognised German wine competition, Mundus Vini including 21 gold and 16 silver awards. Among the awards was 'Best of Show', and 'Best wine red wine from Spain for Food'.
Toro is a wine region in Castilla y Leon, north-western Spain. It is becoming increasingly well known for its powerful, full bodied red wines made from Tina da Toro (Tempranillo). It is named for the town of Toro, an ancient settlement just 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of the Portuguese border. It is located on the Duero River, which bisects the region's northern half.
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal, the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley.