The Bodega Contador story starts in 1995 when Benjamin Romeo, winemaker and vine-grower, acquired a centuries old cave hewn into the rock beneath the Castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja). In 1996 he made the first vintage of his “La Cueva del Contador” wine and started to buy vineyards for his plan to become a “bodeguero” – a wine producer.

In the following years he carried out small scale vinifications in the cave and continued to acquire vineyards. In 1999 he made the first vintage of “Contador”. Seeing these first wines favourably received by the market and specialist press, in 2000 Benjamin decided to dedicate himself full time to his personal project.

Throughout 2001 Benjamin Romeo reconditioned and equipped the garage at his parents’ home in San Vicente for winemaking, thereby increasing the vinification capacity over what was possible in the cave.

The North American wine critic Robert Parker’s Review awarded maximum points (100) to the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Contador, made in the garage. This accolade, hitherto unknown in Spain, hugely increased the label’s international prestige.

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Predicador Tinto 2020

$62.00
Predicador is a red with a bright, intense colour, which smells of fruit and earth, but also of balsamic notes, menthol and wild herbs; that feeling of being deeply rooted to the earth which is palpable all the way through. This is a concentrated, mature, fresh and complex wine, with a certain minerality (stones), some subtle caramelised sugar notes, liquorice, spices (cloves) and the scent of red roses, and plenty of volume. Shows a very tense purple color. On the nose shows ripe red fruits. Very mineral. With balsamic and fine woods. In the mouth it has an enveloping volume and, as my friend Paco’s father used to said about these kind of wines: “This is chocolate”. Long life. 92% Tempranillo, 3% Garnacha, 3% Mazuelo and 2% Graciano Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC Food Pairing: Sausages and Ham, Vegetables, Stews and Casseroles, Rice (Paella), Red Meat
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La Cueva Del Contador 2016

$109.00
La Cueva del Contador 2016 grapes were selected from 35-55 years old vineyards, where a yield around a kilo of grapes per vine is produced to get the fruit and tannin concentration wished. La Cueva del Contador 2016 is bright and dense red-violet in colour. The nose is deep and wraparound. Highlight the red and black compote fruit with spicy, mineral and balsamic notes, also a touch of toasted. The wood is fine, present and it has to be integrated. In the mouth it is powerful and well balanced in terms of maturity and freshness. Final is long and fresh. It is elegant. 100% Tempranillo
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Que Bonito Cacareaba 2019

$95.00
Que Bonito Cacareaba 2019 features a brilliant yellow colour. On the nose is a fine and elegant wine. With citrus aromas, notes of aromatic herbs and wild flowers, also with stone fruits touches (apricot, plum). Mineral future. The contribution of oak promises a good integration. The palate is fresh and fine, with a good skeleton. A great balance between ripeness, acidity and freshness has been got making the harvest on time. It will have a long life. It’s a great white wine. Very fine one. Minerality and Elegance. 45% Garnacha Blanca, 38% Viura, 17% Malvasía
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Contador 2021

$495.00
Contador 2021 is a red wine that on the nose offers a bouquet where ripe red fruits such as cherries and raspberries are prominent, interwoven with a subtle hint of spices and vanilla. On the palate, it unveils an elegant maturity with velvety tannins and a balanced acidity leading to a lingering finish. Its complexity beckons the connoisseur to uncover layers of flavor that astonishingly evolve with each sip. Perfect for those in pursuit of depth and sophistication in a red wine. A distinguished cult wine.
Red wine Aged in wood Respectful agriculture. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Varietals: Graciano, Mazuela, Tempranillo
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La Cueva Del Contador 2021

$136.00
La Cueva del Contador 2021 is a red wine endowed with a robust personality and a ripeness that captivates from the initial taste. On the nose, we encounter an array of ripe red and black fruits intricately woven with delicate hints of spices that contribute to its elegant complexity. On the palate, it presents as full-bodied and well-structured, delivering a sumptuous texture that encourages one to ponder its bottle maturation potential. This red wine is a reliable choice for those in pursuit of depth and a noteworthy ageing potential.
Red wine Aged in wood Respectful agriculture. 18 months in French oak barrels.
100% Tempranillo "I found cleaner aromas and a fresher quality and finer tannins in the 2019 La Cueva del Contador, a quite complete wine with elegance and finesse combined with power and concentration. The oak is still noticeable after 18 months in new barriques, and I'd wait a little longer before pulling the cork. It has the perfume of La Cueva in the background. It should resurface with a little more time in bottle. 10,000 bottles produced." -  Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker 
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Que Bonito Cacareaba 2021

$95.00
Barrel-fermented white that not only stands out for its sonorous name. It is a wine like few others are made ; Powerful, meaty and notable for its creaminess and perfect acidity point. It is made with white Garnacha, Viura and Malvasía from seven plots. A great white, elegant and durable.
Nose: It is a fine and elegant wine. With citrus aromas, notes of wild flowers and aromatic herbs, as well as hints of stone fruits (apricot, plum), and very mineral. The contribution of very fine oak promises good integration.
Palate: Very fresh, fine and with good skeleton and volume. A great balance of maturity, acid and freshness has been achieved by harvesting each variety at its time. Long life.
Recommended Serving Temperature: Between 9 and 12 ºC.
Varietals: 60% Viura, 25% white Grenache, 15% Malvasia
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La Cueva Del Contador 2019

$136.00
La Cueva del Contador 2018 is bright and very dense red-violet color. The nose is deep and with a great volume. Highlight the red and black compote fruit with spicy, mineral and balsamic notes, also a touch of toasted. The wood is fine, present and it has to be integrated. Good evolution. In the mouth it is powerful and well balanced in terms of maturity and freshness. Final is long and fresh. It is elegant. It promises long life. 100% Tempranillo
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Predicador Blanco 2021

$62.00
In the nose have notes of fine and aromatics herbs, flowers and fruits like apricot and plum. It’s fresh, complex and very mineral. It has very elegant oak notes. The palate is balanced in terms of maturity, warmth with very present and long acidity. This is a very fresh white wine, with good tannin structure, fine and lively. Good volume and long. 44% Viura, 36% Malvasía, 20% Garnacha Blanca
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Predicador Blanco 2020

$62.00
In the nose have notes of fine and aromatics herbs, flowers and fruits like apricot and plum. It’s fresh, complex and very mineral. It has very elegant oak notes. The palate is balanced in terms of maturity, warmth with very present and long acidity. This is a very fresh white wine, with good tannin structure, fine and lively. Good volume and long. 44% Viura, 36% Malvasía, 20% Garnacha Blanca
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Bodega Contador Benjamin Romeo Coleccion No. 4 Garnacha de la Dehesa 2015

$219.00
It is a single-varietal Garnacha aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. It has an intense garnet red color, in the nose it is complex with typical notes of the Garnacha variety, and in the mouth, it is balanced, fresh and fine. It goes well with many meat dishes, from roasted or grilled lamb, white meats with strong sauces, to aromatic and hearty meat stews and pork, lamb, duck, or pheasant stews.
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Bodega Contador Benjamin Romeo Coleccion No. 3 El Chozo del Bombon 2015

$219.00
The limestone soil that cares for this vineyard has a chocolate colour, land with a lot of mineral content. Don Andrés worked it with mules for his boss from a young age and when the heirs decided to sell it, there was no choice, ‘Buy it my boy’. The high vineyard which stretches from El Bombón to the foothills of the sierra produces very special wines year after year, full of balance, freshness, tannin and minerality. Fermentation in oak vats. 18 months in new 100% French Oak barriques. 3,000 bottles produced. 100% Tempranillo. On the nose, balsamic and mineral aromas with chocolate and toasted notes. On the palate, volume, sweet tannin and long finish.
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Bodega Contador Benjamin Romeo Coleccion No. 2 Carmen Hilera 2012

$219.00
It is made from the Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grape varieties, aged for 30 months in French oak barrels and then remained in the bottle for 36 months before being marketed. On sight it has a ruby ​​red color, on the nose it is elegant with notes of ripe fruit and toasted touches, and in the mouth, it is tasty, long, and persistent. Ideal to accompany roasted red and white meats, Iberian sausages, and risottos. 3,000 bottles produced Tempranillo 76%, Garnacha 11%, Graciano 8% and Mazuelo 5%
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