Tag Archives: Rioja

Exopto (Bozeto) Rioja pre-order deal ends midnight tonight!

OUR PRE-ORDER DEAL on 4 wines from popular artisan Rioja house, Bodegas Exopto (Latin: to strongly desire), ends at the stroke of midnight tonight. A small-scale project founded in 2003 with the hope of rescuing gnarled old bush vines on the craggy slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, Exopto is owned and run by Bordeaux expat …

NEW: Lagrimas de Maria (Rioja)

OUR NEW RIOJA RANGE LAGRIMAS DE MARIA comes from Bodegas Patrocinio, a quality-obsessed cooperative that was founded in 1986 when 100 small growers banded together to pool their resources and produce a stylish collection of delicious, great-value Rioja for the discerning drinker. The wines are just super and we’re really chuffed to have landed them – …

WINTER SPECIALS: Rioja

RIOJA LIES IN NORTHERN SPAIN, south of Bilbao and nestled between two sheltering mountain ranges. It was the first Spanish wine region to achieve DO / appellation status, in 1925, before being promoted to the top DOCa level in 1991. Today Rioja’s grape prices are 200% above the Spanish average, showing the huge strength of …

REGIONAL FOCUS: Rioja

RIOJA LIES IN NORTHERN SPAIN, south of Bilbao and nestled between two sheltering mountain ranges.  It was the first Spanish wine region to achieve DO / appellation status, in 1925, before being promoted to the top DOCa level in 1991. Today Rioja’s grape prices are 200% above the Spanish average, showing the huge strength of …

NEW ARRIVALS: Montebuena Rioja (Spain)

CASTILLO LABASTIDA, A COOPERATIVE of 152 growers, combines traditional winemaking ways with the latest technology to produce its well-regarded Montebuena Rioja brand from its members’ 600 hectares. The winery was a pioneer among the region’s farmers in the application of Bordeaux-style aging techniques brought to Spain by Rioja-born Don Manuel Quintano back in 1787. Montebuena …

Customer questions #1 – What does ‘Roble’ mean?

Someone asked this after spying the word on two of our floor-stacked wines, La Mano Bierzo Roble and Valtravieso Ribera del Duero Roble. Roble is a commonly-seen but non-standardised Spanish labelling term indicating that the wine has been aged in barrel for a period that is less than that required locally to gain the starter Crianza …

New arrivals: Lar de Paula (Rioja, Spain)

In our view, and that of many much more expert in the area, Rioja Alavesa is the pick of the three Rioja communes. Protected from the north by the Sierra de Cantabria and the fertile Ebro Valley to the south, its limestone-based soil is particularly poor. That’s a good thing for vines. It means they …

Tom Puyaubert (Bodegas Exopto) talks to Curious Wines

It always takes someone who is prepared to break the mould. One of the many things that gives you that ‘punch the air’ moment in this business is when you find a range of wines that have the x-factor, delivering something different and unique that others can’t emulate. That’s exactly what Bodegas Exopto has brought …

Mes de España parte cuatro: Rioja

Even the most fervent beer drinkers among us (myself included) are able to hazard a good guess at the most famous wine producing region in Spain. Before those classy little numbers from Toro and Ribera del Duero found their way to these shores, Rioja was the only Spanish wine most of us really considered or …

Tasting Video: Valliciergo Viura 2008

The white grape Viura, also called Macabeo, is widely grown in the Rioja region of northeastern Spain. This 100% Viura of Rioja is cultivated in vineyards at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level and the vines are, on average, 20 years old. To view product page and for more details, click on Valliciergo …