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Finca Allende

Rioja  //  Spain


“My favourite white Rioja by a mile. The sort of wine that is not made anywhere else.”

Finca Allende Vineyard
Miguel Ángel de Gregorio

“And, how could it be otherwise, we end up highlighting Calvario by Finca Allende, a single-vineyard wine from Briones. The first vintage was 1996 and it initiated a whole revolution due to its modern expression.”


Although they operate at a much smaller scale than many Rioja producers, Finca Allende are among the finest growers in the region - or anywhere in Spain for that matter.


For the last eight years renowned Master of Wine and Spanish specialist, Tim Atkin, has published an annual Rioja Classification that has become the definitive report for Spain’s most famous location. Each year the report details 15 ‘First Growth’ estates, and Allende has been one of these every year since inception - alongside such luminaries as La Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia, Roda, and Contino.

Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man behind this project. Rather than focusing on extended oak ageing, de Gregorio is a staunch defender of terroir.


He seeks to express individual vineyard qualities rather than highlight barrel ageing - from his village wine up to his most renowned single vineyards. As such, you will never find Allende wines labelled as Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva even though their maturation often extends far beyond the requirements for these designations.

All Finca Allende vineyards are in Briones and neighbouring villages on the right bank of the river Ebro, where the soils are composed of red clay and gravel and the vineyards face north. Allende practices organic viticulture without the use of pesticides or herbicides, and all cultivation is done by hand or with the help of horses.


The resulting wines present the house signature: power with finesse, considerable concentration and a judicious use of French oak - never American.

Featured Wines

Rioja Blanco ‘Martires’ Single Vineyard


Wine of the Year 2022

“Chiselled, racy and destined for a long life… ambitious old vine Viura from the red clays of Briones.”

95 points, Tim Atkin MW

Rioja ‘Gaminde’ Single Vineyard


“Grip, texture and density, with old vine concentration from vines planted in 1942”

95 points, Tim Atkin MW

Rioja ‘Calvario’ Single Vineyard


Wine of the Year 2018

“A remarkable Rioja that’s made to age. Rich and Voluptuous, with layered tannins, masses of damson and blackberry fruit and and ferrous undertone.”

96 points, Tim Atkin MW

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