A tribute to our origins
In our wineries we combine the passion for the vineyards with a careful maintenance of the art of winemaking. Three generations who share the same dream to build our own legacy in the land of Navarra and Rioja.
Faithful to our roots in Bodegas Olimpia we make our wines with the native varieties of our region in our effort to maintain the family legacy which strengthens and keeps alive our sense of identity.
Our wines are a reflection of the work and knowlegde of our heritage. With delicacy we care for our vineyards and select them with love during our totally hand picked harvest.
Our enologist is charged with providing excellence in the wine making process, starting a delicate voyage which ends with us offering our Bodega's Olimpia's exclusive characteristics. After the final ageing in the bottle we can enjoy our individual creation of excellence, with strength and elegance , with aromatic tones and a variety of flavours.
To know the land and grape varieties is fundamental in order to extract the best from them. We learnt from our ancestors how to cultivate and evaluate every variety of grape in its natural home.
In our Navarra vineyards we specialize in cultivating our autonomous grape varieties: Garnacha and Graciano, grapes which have unbeatable qualities for the making of unforgettable wines for their intense colour, aroma and good acidity.
The winery located in La Rioja, an area of great wine making tradition is surrounded by Tempranillo vineyards, grapes noted for their fruit and aromas. The Tempranillo grapes in Rioja are justifiably world renowned for their quality.
Passion and love for the vineyard and knowledge and expertise in the art of viticulture have been our family’s most important inheritance. Three generations have been able to preserve the commitment to an idea which is much more than a business enterprise: it is a family legacy; it is our way of life.
Always loyal to the land, with a fighting, innovative spirit we have maintained the project started by our grandmother and continued by subsequent generations dedicated to wine making. To our winery in Navarra which we have seen be born and grow, we’ve added a winery in the land of La Rioja which is situated in the sub-zone of Rioja Alta. This winery with its fields of vines of Tempranillo grapes made true our family dream of diversification in the wine world, positioned as we are in the national and international markets by the emblem of Denominación de Origen Calificada which permits us to continue to make authentic local wines.
In tribute to our roots we’ve christened our wineries with the name of our grandmother: Flavia Olimpia Oficialdegui.
She used to tell us that she was born at midday and that her mother recalled this perfectly because it was a Sunday and she almost gave birth during the mass service. On 15April 1917, in Artajona, Flavia Olimpia Oficialdegui, our grandmother, was born.
She became an orphan at an early age, and had to go and live at her aunt’s and uncle’s house in Unzué, and later moved to the town of Ibero to live with one of her uncles, who was a priest. However, she never forgot about Artajona, her homeland, and she was lucky enough to meet and fall in love with her life-long partner there, Javier, a farmer from the village where she was born. She married him and gave birth to nine children.
After much effort and hard work, they went from being farmers to owning their own winery and wine shop in Pamplona.
Flavia Olimpia, our grandmother, was an enterprising and passionate woman who possessed a fighting spirit. She was a tenacious worker, whose effort and vision for the future created a legacy which remains very much alive in the spirit of our family today.
The wine-making story of the Pérez de Ciriza family began in 1952, when the family moved from their home town of Artajona to Pamplona and established their first winery. Over the years, the new generations have been incorporated into the winery continuing the project and knowing how to maintain the essence of their origin while adapting to change.
Presently, four members of the family manage the operation of this unique winery:
Pablo Javier Pérez de Ciriza, is the connecting link between the original values. of Bodegas Olimpia. Together with his brother Juan Fernando, he laid down the foundation stones for building what is known today as Bodegas Olimpia.
Fernando Pérez de Ciriza, currently the General Manager from Bodegas Olimpia, has been linked to the winery since his early work experience and it was he, who initiated the strategy of internationalization in the winery.
Berta Pérez de Ciriza, Export Manager and is responsible for commercial and marketing duties at the Bodega, thereby introducing its wines into international markets.
Pablo Pérez de Ciriza, chief technician at the Bodega, who, together with the oenologist, is in charge of the production and preservation of our wines