El Botijo is the brainchild of sommelier turned winemaker Fernando Mora and Mario Lopez. Grapes come from Mario's family's organically certified Las Cellas vineyard in Valdejalon in Northeast Spain. Winemaking in the area is believed to pre-date Roman settlements and is ideal for producing high quality wines. They are the "garagistes" of the area, making wines in small quantities and taking great care at every step of production, hand picking the grapes and taking a "minimum" fuss approach to production. The name El Botijo comes from the traditional Spanish water vessel used in the vineyards to quench the grape-pickers’ thirst.