Bodegas Paternina can trace their history back to 1896 when they were founded by Federico Paternina JosuÃ©. The winery, based in Ollauri, started with 1000 American oak barrels. In 1922 they expanded by purchasing the wineries of the Catholic Farmer's Union, based in Haro. The company went from strength to strength and in 1984 was acquired by wine lover and businessman Marcos Euizabal Ramirez. In 1990 he carried out an ambitious investment plan and modernised the winery. To this day it hosts the most up to date wine technology. The cellars in Ollauri are still used and are the deepest in the area.
The main winery is based in Haro whilst the cellars are in the nearby village of Ollauri. Most of the vineyards are within Rioja Alta but they also own vineyards in Rioja Baja and Alavesa. This gives the winemaker a broad range of fruit to play with in order to create the multitude of wines in their portfolio.
Bodegas Paternina is both historic and modern. Going all the way back to 1896 the winery is now one of the most technical in the region. This allows them to craft classic style Rioja in the best possible way. They can craft wines capable of ageing for a long period of time but these wines will still taste fresh and alive even after many years in the bottle.
The Banda Azul is the key wine in their stable and was in fact the favourite wine of writer Ernest Hemingway. The cellar where this wine matures is named in his honour.