In La Rioja, northern Spain, birds keep the vineyards free of bugs and insects. The seven rivers which run parallel to each other from the Isla-Ilana mountain range to the river Ebro is home to many birds, including the European bee-eater.
The bee-eater also guards the vines against bugs and insects in the valley of Iregua, where the grapes for the El Guardian wines grow.
The gentle slopes of the Iregua valley are stony, the soil limey, and the rainfall optimal. So, the winemaker gets all the support he can hope for from the fauna, soil and climate. No surprise then, when El Guardian turns out to be a memorable wine.