LA RIOJA ALTA
LA RIOJA - SPAIN
“Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.” - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
Few would dispute that La Rioja Alta is the leading quality focused producer in Spain's most famous wine region. Since the coming together of five growers to form the estate 130 years ago, they have produced some of the most highly regarded and longest-lived examples of Rioja. Their wines are ready for consumption on release, but will keep and evolve for many more years in bottle - decades in some cases. A situation so rare in the world of wine!
Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today, the company maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances. It is unusual for a great bodega of Rioja to own vineyards, but La Rioja Alta own 360ha from which they produce the highest quality grapes, resulting in excellent fruit and richness throughout their wines. Tempranillo dominates the plantings, complemented with a small proportion of Garnacha and Graciano.
Unusually for La Rioja Alta, the 2018 vintage saw the production of just one wine: Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva. All fruit normally destined for their Reserva Ardanza and Gran Reserva’s Arana, ‘904’ and ‘890’ was declassified into their most accessible wine. A super-Alberdi if you will!