Wine photography La Rioja

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

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

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…

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Corporate wine portrait photography: Bodegas Montecillo, La Rioja, Spain

Corporate wine portrait photography: Bodegas Montecillo, La Rioja, Spain

Passion, care, experience, knowledge, enjoyment, trust… these are all key concepts I’m trying to portray in my corporate photography. I want to show the pride and commitment people put into their work. And I want to show them in a natural, relaxed way that puts a human face on, in this case, a bottle of wine.

This all sounds very well on paper but when you’re in a field at 6.30am with the sun rising, the magical light fading and two winemakers from Bodegas Montecillo who aren’t professional models well, put it this way, the adrenaline is buzzing. 

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Corporate Portrait Photography Spain - Bodegas Montecillo, Navarrete, La Rioja, Spain

Corporate Portrait Photography Spain - Bodegas Montecillo, Navarrete, La Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Montecillo, in Navarrete (La Rioja), wine is a household brand widely sold across Spain. It’s part of the Osborne group who’s marketing is probably best associated with the giant bull silhouette statues you see near main roads as you travel around the country.

To differentiate Montecillo from other household wines widely sold across Spain, the photographic brief was to produce elegant images which showed the professionalism and personality of winemaker Merche García and her creations. 

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Rioja Wine Scenery Photography - Late autumn in La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wine Scenery Photography - Late autumn in La Rioja, Spain

Baking hot in summer and freezing cold in winter, the Rioja weather can batter the senses throughout the year. It’s a climate of contrasts over the seasons, months and sometimes even over a few hours. Very chilly mornings can turn into beautifully pleasant days. Beautifully pleasant mornings can turn into brutally hot afternoons. And so on and so forth.

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