López de Heredia

Tempranillo GrapesThe López de Heredia family owns this ultra-traditional bodega which farms 170 hectares of vineyards, and very little has changed since it was founded in 1877. The vineyards are planted with the region’s classic grapes, including tempranillo, garnacha, graciano and mazuelo for the reds, viura and malvasia for the white wines. Everything here is done by hand, from vineyard to bottle, but it is the barrel ageing that defines the captivating style of these extraordinary Riojas. Reds, whites and even the intriguing rosado spend years maturing calmly in the cobwebby cellars. This endows the wines with a certain ethereal quality and subtleness. These are the antithesis of modern, fruit-driven wines resting their quality on secondary and tertiary flavours, balanced by a silky sweetness and understated intensity.

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