This year saw an outstanding line-up of bodegas offering an opportunity to taste a vast variety of red, white and rosé wines from Spain’s most prestigious wine region. Below is the full line of exhibitors at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas 2013.
Araex Rioja Alavesa is one of the leading groups in the promotion and marketing of Rioja Alavesa wines with a 20% share of the subregion’s total exports. The wineries that form part of the group -Altos de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros, Bodegas Baigorri, Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida, Bodegas Lar de Paula, Bodegas Luis Cañas and Bodegas Amaren- all balance the richness of the terroir and the traditional work in the vineyard with the latest technological advances to produce top quality wines.
Founded in Rioja in 1877 by Miguel Berberana and one of the most famous houses in Spain. Our founder’s aims remain true for all our wines today:
- To consistently deliver the finest quality wines at an affordable price
- To deliver the latest innovation and technology in our wines
- Berberana Goes Green: preserving the environment.
Nestled in the foothills of Mendiguerra in the heart of Rioja Alta, Beronia is known for its range of classic and single varietal Riojas, all made with the greatest of respect for the environment. Winemaker Matias Calleja creates a highly distinctive style of Rioja, characterised by intensely fresh fruit and softly integrated oak.
Bodegas Covila was established in 1989 by a group of 60 grape growers around the town of Lapuebla de Labarca in the Alavesa region of Rioja. Their aim was to improve the quality and consistency of the wine in the area, and today they look after 250 hectares of vines with an average age of 25 years, producing modern reds, whites, and rosés that are packed with flavour and made to offer excellent short – to mid-term drinking.
The Bodega was established in Autol in the Rioja Baja in the late 19th Century by Don Joaquin Garralda Oñate, the Marquis of Reinosa. The red wines sold under the Reinosa label are 100% Tempranillo, and are aged in American oak barrels for 3 months in the case of the Joven wine, and 18 months for the Reserva. The winery also produces a modern white, made from 100% Viura and with no oak influence, and a rosado made from Garnacha.
Established in 2001, Bodegas del Medievo are an award winning winery situated in Rioja Baja. The winery strives to produce high quality wines with a modern wine-making style, crafting vibrant, fruit driven wines of great elegance. The winery produces a large range which includes Joven white and rosé, Crianza and Reserva all of which can be tasted at Tapas Fantasticas 2013.
Family owned winery, founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martinez, characterized by traditional production methods such as red wines-fining with fresh egg whites and racking of wines by gravity every four months. The whole elaboration, fermentation, storage and ageing, is made in wooden casks, which are built in the winery cooperage. 220 Ha of owned vineyards located in Rioja Alta region.
With a history of wine-making excellence expanding more than 115 years, Paternina is one of the few pre-phylloxera wineries in Rioja.
Well-equipped cellars incorporate some of the latest technology along with tried and tested practices while the vast barrel ageing cellar has been described as a ‘cathedral of wine’ and contains nearly 50,000 barrels of gently ageing wine. The company is owned by the Eguizábal family, which acquired Paternina in the early 1980s and is credited with expanding the reputation of not only the winery, but also the Rioja appellation itself. 2013 will mark 100 years of the first release of its most emblematic wine, Banda Azul.
Founded in 1882, Rioja Vega even predates the official creation of the Denominación de Origen as a guarantee of quality. With a winemaking tradition dating as far back as the origins of wine culture in this region, the philosophy of Rioja Vega is to preserve the characteristic flavours of high-quality grapes from old vineyards to their cellars, to the glass. After 130 years, the history and heritage of the winery is notable in the wines.
Bodegas Riojanas founded in 1890 by two families (the Artacho family and Rafael Carreras) was born out of passion and tradition for making their wines. Today we offer our fourth generation family wines for your enjoyment. Based in Cenicero we belong to a select group of Rioja houses with over a century of winemaking tradition. At Bodegas Riojanas we control more than 300 hectares of the best vineyards in Cenicero, San Vicente de la Sonsierra and nearby towns and villages. Whilst Rioja’s quintessential grape variety is Tempranillo, Bodegas Riojanas also owns one of the largest surface areas dedicated to Mazuelo and Graciano in the Wine Region. These grape varieties bring more personality to the wines produced.
For over 50 years, Campo Viejo has been crafted in the heart of Rioja at Bodegas Campo Viejo, one of Europe’s leading wineries. Their dedication to winemaking, combined with advanced technology, has allowed them to create modern twists on traditional methods to create approachable and progressive styles of Rioja.
The heart of Rioja… Clavijo Castel is locatedat the heart of the DOCa RIOJA, just six kilometers from our winery. A crossroads of valleys, rivers and mountains where the continental, Mediterranean and Atlantic climates have coexisted since time immemorial, moulding a unique landscape that is ideal for growing grapes. It is a landscape full of diversity, where Rioja’s indigenous varieties, led by the delicate Tempranillo, find the most suitable terroir for growing. Bodegas Castillo Clavijo has had agreements in place for many years.
C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España, (The Northern Spanish Wine Company), was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalise on the flourishing new trade in wine.
C.V.N.E. is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family, now in its fifth generation it remains based at the original site in Haro, the heart of the Rioja Alta region. C.V.N.E. has three wineries in Rioja – Cune, Viña Real and Contino. The original winery in Haro in Rioja Alta is still the home to all the Cune and Imperial wines. Viña Real wines are produced at the ultra-modern winery in Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa.
Bodegas de la Marquesa – Valserrano
This long established family Bodega lies in the best part of Rioja, on the limestone ridges of the Alavesa region in the Rioja Alta near Haro. It is based on the same principal as a good French Château which is to use fruit only from their own vineyards, set rigorous standards in the cellars and, following fermentation in stainless steel, they age the wine in oak part of which is renewed each year. The wines have elegance and pungency combined with the soft spicy allure that only well made Tempranillo can offer.
Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco is located in Briones (Rioja Alta), protected by the “Cantabria” Mountains and with the influence of the most Atlantic climate of the region where we cultivate the traditional varieties from the DOCa Rioja. This is a amazing project of Winery, Museum of Wine Culture and Foundation inaugurated in Jun 2004. Rafael Vivanco, the winemaker, is centred on selecting the best produce from the family vinyards in order to create exceptional Rioja Wines which would come to represent the Dinastía Vivanco standard. Following extensive research into soil, land plots and micro-climates, in conjunction with tireless endeavour in the winery, the Vivanco Collection came into being. This range of limited production wines is a unique expression of the traditional Rioja varieties, made possible through the selection of small and exceptional land plots that form part of the family vinyards.
Our family, Domeco de Jarauta, has 120 HAs of vineyard around the town of Aldeanueva de Ebro in Rioja Baja, planted with Tempranillo and a little Garnacha and Graciano. We built our new cellar in the middle of these vineyards in 2005 to vinify our fruit under the best conditions allowing us to produce a range of classically styled Riojas under our Viña Marro label from juicy and fruity young wines to majestic oak aged Crianzas and Reservas
El Coto de Rioja dates back to 1970 and its establishment signified a new style of Rioja, removed from the more traditional patterns. The winery aims to maintain a good price/quality ratio across all its products, including its world-renowned Crianza.
Manzanos Wines is a family company since 1890 devoted to the production of wine. Heir of the winemaking tradition, our wineries are the fruit of the work, effort and experience of five generations of winemakers from the Fernández de Manzanos family.
Manzanos Wines has taken up like a golden treasure, the family tradition and transformed it to create the Winery of the XXI century.
Nowadays, we have more than 250 hectares of own vineyards. All our vineyards are protected by the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin. At the same time, we have 3 wineries in DOCa Rioja under the brands “Finca Manzanos, Viña Marichalar, Viña Berri, Marqués de Butrago, Los Hermanos Manzanos, Mas de Victor, De Alto Amo, Más de Víctor, Voché, V.”, 1 winery in DO Navarra under the brand “M & Z” and 2 wineries without DO under the brands “Mosen Pierre, El Lagar de la Aldea y Viña Sin Nombre”.
Rioja Gran Familia comes from Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor, located near Briones in the heart of Rioja Alta. This winery belongs to a family with one of the longest traditions in Rioja winemaking and its winemaker has access to some of the finest wines in Rioja. Gran Familia is a modern style Rioja, with the emphasis on fruit rather than oak.
Faustino is the world’s leading brand of Gran Reserva and Reserva Rioja. Founded over 150 years ago, Faustino owns more vineyards than any other Bodega, with the majority of these found in the excellent viticultural area of Rioja Alavesa, whose soils and microclimate produce high quality grapes including the renowned and rare Graciano. Faustino uses over 50,000 new oak barrels (French and American) allowing prolonged ageing. Faustino was also the first Rioja based winery to create a white wine with 75% Viura and 25% Chardonnay.
Set up more than 100 years ago by Olegario Rivero, Marqués del Atrio is still in the family, and is now managed by the fourth generation. Since 2003, wines have been produced at a new winery, Hacienda y Viñedos Marqués del Atrio, located in Mendavia.
Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres was founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner, a prime mover in bringing Rioja into the modern world, bringing with him expertise acquired in Bordeaux’s prestigious Haut-Médoc region. The winery is known for a range of wines which show rich concentration and intense fruit and aromas, and will be showing a range of reds, whites, and rosés at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas.
Marqués de la Concordia
Marqués de la Concordia brings together the best of two worlds. New World style wine making and Old World terroir. The result is an award winning family of wines from the finest wine regions of Spain including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedés, Arribes and Rueda. Our winemakers combine the latest technology and innovations with local know-how and terroir. This personal heritage of merit, excellence and progress is at the core of all our fine wines, under the Marqués de la Concordia signature. We pride ourselves in leading this ongoing 21st century revolution in Spanish winemaking.
Established in 1852, Murrieta are one of the oldest and most respected bodegas of the Rioja Alta region. Their wines are made in a “classic” Rioja style and receive long ageing in barrel before release. Their wines are concentrated and long-lived, both red and white, and some – like the Gran Reserva “Castillo Ygay” – have become legendary amongst Rioja-lovers. Marqués de Murrieta have not stood back and stagnated however: Their 300 hectare estate now has Cabernet Sauvignon planted for their Dalmau blend which represents Murrieta’s avante-garde expression of Riojan terroir. There is also a small estate in Galícia called Pazo Barrantes which produces top quality Albariño.
Araex Rioja Alavesa is one of the leading groups in Rioja Alavesa. The wineries that form part of the group which include Altos de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros, Bodegas Baigorri, Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida, Bodegas Lar de Paula and Bodegas Luis Cañas all balance the richness of the terroir and the traditional work in the vineyard with the latest technological advances to produce top quality wines.
Bodegas Navajas is a family owned wine company based in the small village of Navarrete, Rioja Alta. Antonio Navajas and his family create a wonderful array of fine Riojas which offer a very pleasing combination of tradition and modernity. The harvest comes from a very loyal and select number of high quality growers and the wines are considered a benchmark of balance and finesse.
These vineyards are located on the plateau that separates the Valle de Ocon and the Valle de Jubera, at an altitude of 520 to 650 meters. The old vines were replanted and in 1998 Nestares Eguizabal finally started producing their very own wine, exclusively from the Tempranillo grape. Here experience, expertise of oenologists and state of the art technology are the basis for the continuing Bodega development. The high quality, great passion and respect for nature have inspired Nestares Eguizabal to produce their wines as naturally as possible, producing wines that are naturally fruity with an extremely varied bouquet of flavours.
Since 1998 the owner family is one of the wine growers that is true to the original high quality demands of the Rioja region. The vineyard lies in a privileged location in Aldeanueva de Ebro, where the grapes are carefully cultivated, picked, sorted, gently pressed and matured with passion to be developed into natural wines. Tradition and technology are perfectly combined to bring about wines that preserve the natural taste of the grape and are full-bodied with a prolonged finish of soft tannins.
Bodega Vina Ijalba comprises 85 hectares of vineyards established on old gravel pits. It was the first “organic” vineyard in Rioja back in 1998. From the offset, it started to re-introduce some older indigenous grape varieties such as Graciano (1994), Maturana Blanca (2000) and Maturana Tinta (2001) which produce some fantastic wines with great Rioja regional distinction. The winery works incredibly hard at producing the best wines that nature allows.
Viña Pomal is one of the oldest estates in Rioja and was one of the first registered bottlers in the region. Comprising a range of premium Tempranillo-based wines, Viña Pomal is a quality reference point for classic Reserva wines in Rioja Alta.
To celebrate Viña Pomal sponsoring the ‘JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series’, Viña Pomal is offering visitors to Rioja Tapas Fantasticas the chance to win a trip to Rioja. Visit the stand for more information.
These days, we have over 90 hectares of planted vines whose differentiating feature is the range of diversity of grape variety and the great age of many of them. Our vineyards are home to most of the official varieties of the Rioja Designation of Origin: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura, Verdejo, … and, in addition, we have vines over 60 years’ old alongside other younger ones less than a decade old. This diversity, managed using novel, environmentally respectful growing practices which seek to extract the best qualities from each parcel, provides us with excellent raw material for turning into wine.