Rioja Wine Photographer: A year in the life of Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro (La Rioja)

 27/3/18. David González (Right), Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro, La Rioja, Spain. Photo by James Sturcke | sturcke.org

Photographing Bodegas Gómez Cruzado

A few years ago Chefe Paniego, the sommelier at Restaurante El Portal de Echaurren, invited me to try a wine he was particularly enjoying at the time: a Gómez Cruzado crianza. It was full of depth and roundness despite being the most humble of the wines in the winery’s range. Since then, I’ve tried out other Gómez Cruzado wines and always been struck by their fantastic interpretation of the Rioja vineyards.

So it was particularly exciting when the winery got in touch with an idea of a project to photograph a year in the life of Gómez Cruzado. So far we’ve done some sessions in the vineyards - located in gorgeous settings with wonderful backdrops of Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra Cantábrica - and some sessions in the winery.

Rioja Wine Photographer

Gómez Cruzado is one of the “centenary” wineries (more than a century old) from Haro’s Barrio de la Estación so it’s got lots of tradition. But the wines have been rejuvenated by David González and Juan Antonio Leza. So my job is to make photos that show both the heritage of the place and the youthful, informal spirit of the winemakers and their team.

The project is ongoing. Any day now we’ll take some harvest photos. But here’s a taster of some images so far.