Carlos (Charles) Serres was born in Orléans in 1862 and was a well known wine consultant when Alfonse Vigier charged him with finding a wine region outside France that was able to produce high quality wines.
Serres had already come across a unique terroir during his frequent travels that reminded him of the best terroirs in Bordeaux. Near a small town called Haro in a region known as Rioja. In 1885 Carlos Serres moved to Haro to establish a new style of wine with an international profile and a Bordeaux soul.
In 1896, Carlos Serres established the first winery registered as an 'export merchant' with the goal of satisfying the tastes and appetites of the international wine consumer. The original building was in the famous Barrio de La Estacion next to Haro's railway station. It was there that Carlos Serres brought his French winemaking traditions to bear on the vinification and ageing of his new wines, and also drove the business' focus on exporting its wines. By the middle of the 20th Century the winery was moved to its current location by the need to grow and expand.
The winery still respects the legacy and traditions of its founder. Concrete tanks protect the fruit characters and expressions of each of the varieties with the continuous micro-oxygenation produced by their natural porosity.
The Bordeaux style, established by Carlos Serres, giving the wine its spicy, vanilla notes, still comes from using French and American oak barrels from the best coopers, slumbering in a new 5000 barrel cellar.
Garnacha Rioja Rose, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2018
A wine made exclusively from Rioja Alta grapes, using the traditional free-run method. Fresh pink, clean and bright with aromas of red berries. Light, fresh and pleasant in the mouth with a fruity finish. Ideal with pasta and vegetables.Learn More
Viura Rioja Blanco, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2018
Produced from Viura grapes in the Rioja Alta vineyards of Bodegas Carlos Serres. Clean and bright with a lingering fruity aroma. Light, fresh and silky on the palate with a very pleasant aftertaste. This is a great wine and best served chilled as an ideal match for seafood.Learn More
Rioja Tempranillo, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2017
From Bodegas Carlos Serres in Haro, this wine has a ripe berry flavours and an intensity that would shame many more expensive wines. This wine should be judged on its pure, honest, fruit-driven taste which also manages to include some interesting, gamey hints with a developing length.Learn More
Rioja Tempranillo Old Vines, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2017
Carlos Serres Old Vines DOC Rioja Tempranillo is made from 50 year old vines giving this Spanish red intense flavours of dark fruit. Aged in oak Barrels with a bright purple colour and a nose full of fresh cherries, black fruit, licorice and vanilla. In the mouth it is juicy and tightly focused, with fresh acidity and a smooth lengthy finish backed up with gentle tannins.Learn More£8.75
Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2015
Carlos Serres Crianza is a great savoury classic from the famous Haro bodegas. It has deliciously tempting aromas including mature red fruit, spices and delicate licorice hints while the palate is complex, well structured, fresh and fruity. Overall the aromas and flavours preserve a perfect balance between its fruity origins and the maturity achieved through ageing (14 months in a combination of american and French oak barrels).
A perfect match for Mediterranean cuisine such as fried fish or vegetable dishes, rice, pasta, pulses, red and white meats and even cheeses.
Gold Medal: Berliner Wine Trophy (2013 vintage)Learn More
Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2012
A well-rounded, harmonious Reserva, with a very deep and elegant bouquet. It has a clean, complex nose. This is a powerful and full-bodied red from the famous Serres estate in Haro.
Gold Medal: Berliner Wine Trophy (2011 vintage)Learn More
Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2011
A well-rounded, harmonious Gran Reserva that has been aged for 36 months in the barrel, with a very deep and elegant bouquet. It has a clean, complex nose. This is a powerful and full-bodied red from the famous Serres estate in Haro.
'Peppery, earthy and unique, this is a sensitive soul in deep contemplation. The balance is there, as well as the juiciness and brightness. Not a commercial style, but a wine of good persistence. Drink 2017-2023' 2008 vintage. (Decanter Magazine March 2017)
Onomastica Tinto, Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2011
A very limited edition, harmonious Reserva, with a deep, elegant bouquet.
Aromas of black fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate with hints of spices and mineral notes. Magnificent structure in the mouth; powerful, vigorous, tasty and wide. Very complex powerful finish from this famous estate in Haro. Suits food matches like roast kid and suckling pig, braised meats and aged cheeses, and a surprisingly good match for dark chocolate too.
Graciously balanced and open, this Rioja is showing maturity in a delicate gossamer style. It will be a great charmer with its energy, velvet tannins and attenuated fruit. Hedonistic character. Drink 2017-2022 Decanter Magazine Premium Red Rioja Panel Tasting March 2017 (2011 vintage)£23.50 As low as £21.50Out of stock.
Onomastica Blanco, Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2012
The grapes from this wine come from a single selection of vines that are 40 years old, in the centre of Finca El Estanque vineyard. Aged for 24 months in oak barrels, this wine has aromas of white fruits, citrus, honey and butter. Well rounded, fleshy fruit as well as a lively, crisp, luscious and a complex finish.Learn More