Diego Losada, born and raised in Ponferrada, Bierzo, is a self labelled ‘radical’ and ‘anarchist’ of sorts. For Diego, music was pure and uncompromised, an honest and creative way to express himself and the frustrations that he had with mainstream society and the ‘leash’ that it places upon us. After years working for other conventional winemakers Diego decided to break free and in 2012 he set up Bodega La Senda in a tiny space on the outskirts of his hometown Ponferrada. There he resolved to implement the same philosophy from his music into winemaking to produce wines that are honest, uncompromising and naturally expressive.
Working in Bierzo, the challenges Diego faces often result in what makes his wines unique and exceptional. Of the various small plots dotted around the valley and mountain slopes of Bierzo that Diego works, they are all old vines (minimum 50 years), low yielding and mostly on steep slopes, low in organic matter but rich in minerals, and difficult to work. Millions of years ago the valley of Bierzo was an inland sea and each of Diego’s plots represents a different scattering of minerals - clay or calcareous with slate, iron, gold or quartz. The climate presents a further challenge in Bierzo - they have a long, often brutally cold winter and a summer that is short and almost always too humid (an average of 80-90% humidity).
The resulting wines are pure, alive, fresh and mineral driven. Honest and delicious expressions of their region and a winemaker who has a definite sense of style and appreciation for this region’s terroir.