Rioja is Spains best known and most important region for quality wines. It is sub-divided into three areas, of which Rioja Alta is regarded as producing the finest wines. Tempranillo is the most important grape grown here and its red wines dominate, though there is plenty interest and quality in the white and rosé young 'Joven' wines.

Bodegas Vallemayor, based at Fuenmayor in the Rioja Alta, is a close-knit family Bodega producing an impressive range dedicated to quality and value. Their 55 ha estate, growing predominantly Tempranillo, is owned by the Perez Foncea family. The winery, built in 1984, combines modern technology and traditional methods - utilising stainless steel tanks for fermentation and ageing in oak casks: 1,200 225ltr French that are replaced after six years and 1,800 American ones that are refurbished and refilled for a further two years use after the six.

Bodegas Vallemayor:

Vallaymayor's three Joven wines are unoaked to bring out the light expressive fruit character of the varietals. Of the two Single Estate wines, Encineda is made solely with Tempranillo from 30 year old vines, finished with 3 months in oak and bottled unfiltered. La Cerradilla's 5 ha estate has vines over 40 years old and the wine is aged for 18 months in new 225 litre barrels. The Crianza and Reserva are made with choice grapes and best winemaking practice evidenced in their superb fruit quality; whilst the Gran Reserva is a classic, traditional style - long lived and admired by connoisseurs.

Code / Product / Vintage:

White Wines
3150 Vallemayor Joven 2013

Rosé Wines
3158 Vallemayor Joven 2013

Red Wines
3151 Vallemayor Joven 2013
3157 Vallemayor 'Vina Encineda' Single Estate 2012

3152 Vallemayor Crianza 2011
3154 Vallemayor 'Vina Cerradilla' Single Estate Crianza 2006

3153 Vallemayor Reserva 2007

3155-1 Vallemayor Gran Reserva 2005

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