The Drinking Hour podcast: Rodolfo Bastida of Ramón Bilbao

In episode 163 of The Drinking Hour, David Kermode is joined by Rodolfo Bastida, chief winemaker at Rioja's Ramón Bilbao. They toast the winery's centenary and talk through Bastida's 25-year tenure, including his on-going pursuit of purity through altitude

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Cuzcurrita vineyard
A vineyard belonging to Ramon Bilbao in Cuzcurrita, La Rioja

In episode 163 of The Drinking Hour podcast, David Kermode is joined by Rodolfo Bastida, chief winemaker at Ramón Bilbao. Their conversation includes a discussion of Bastida’s 25-year stint at the winery, which celebrates its centenary in 2024. They cover everything from how Phylloxera in France led to a revival of the wines of Rioja, to the adoption of Hungarian oak barrels in the Ramón Bilbao winery.

The pair review Bastida’s illustrious career, which has led many to consider him ‘Rioja royalty’, remembering his first vintage in 1999 and examining why he has ventured into the mountains to pursue freshness through high altitude. Kermode also investigates Bastida’s love of Graciano and Tempranillo.

Finally, they turn towards the future, examining how Ramón Bilbao are combating the impact of climate change and Bastida’s hope that his winemaking philosophy will be embraced throughout the region.

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