El Mozo Wines is a small family project led by Unai and Itxaso Compañon and her husband Gorka. With a history of more than 40 years, they took over the family business in 2010, after the death of their father. Itxaso makes the wines. Gorka grows the grapes.
El mozo is located in the Basque town of Lanciego, in La Rioja Alavesa. They are at the beginning of a rejuvenation of the region. Their parents sold the grapes in bulk to the larger wineries, but from 2012 Gorka and Itxaso started bottling their own wine under the Herrigoia label. A rough translation of the Basque word herri en goia, meaning something like village and higher, referring to the higher location of the vineyards resulting in fresher wines with good acidity.