There is no doubt that Benjamin Romeo is a perfectionist when it comes to winemaking. He is both passionate in the bodega, and obsessive in the vineyard. He worked as winemaker at Artadi between 1985 and 2000, and now has his own small project where he makes limited quantities of high quality, limited production Rioja, called, Contador, Cuvea del Contador, and La Vina de Andres, named after his father Andres. He introduced Predicador ("Preacher"), an entry-level cuvée in 2006, after a clamoring market couldn’t gain access to his wines. He has recently added a white, Predicador Blanco, to his portfolio.
Situated in and around San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Benjamin has 7 hectares, half devoted to La Vina de Andres, and the other half divided between 20 plots averaging 130 square feet with vines up to 100 years old. He also acquired several caves or grottos, dating back to the 12th and 16th centuries. One such grotto situated in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, is under the bell tower, which is depicted on the Contador’s label.
The attention to detail of these wines is exemplified by the hand selection of grapes to personally traveling to Extremadura to select the individual cork trees for the corks, incidentally the same cork supply that is used by Chateau Petrus. During the grape ripening time of the year, Benjamin visits the vineyard daily, many of which are bordered by wild flowers and herbs. He feels the aromatics of the herbs have an influence on the wine grapes.