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Dionisio Ruiz Ijalba
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Viña Ijalba is the history of a family, as well as a commitment to the evolution of Rioja, from the day that Dionisio Ruiz planted his first vine in 1975 on an old gravel pit, which reproduced the natural conditions in which vines grow in La Rioja. And so began the pioneering road, innovative and clear, that Viña Ijalba has been travelling since then. Viña Ijalba has its own stories involving the transformation of gravel pits and open cast mines into new vinyeards, and the recovery of rare indigenous varieties of Rioja vines that had almost dissappeared.
Dionisio Ruiz, Ijalba founder, is now 86 years old and he is a very important business man in Rioja with his open sky mine business. He always worked hard and focused on realizing his dreams, and hence was able to make his own winery in the 90's from his own vines planted in the 70's in his old quarries...