The Graciano grape is a variety local to the Rioja and Navarre regions not widely grown in other Spanish wine regions. Its historical presence in the Rioja region translates into a ‘supporting role’ complementing the Tempranillo variety in making wines which age well, since in addition to structure and color, it offers a characteristic acidity … [Read more...] about Graciano, an amazing grape variety
One of the great challenges of the viticulture world is the fight against so-called wood diseases, which has come to be described as the 'cancer of the vineyard'. In France it is estimated that the number of unproductive vineyards due to wood diseases and others with premature wilt reaches 13% of the total, with a loss of income of 1 billion euros. … [Read more...] about The Investigation in the DNA of Familia Martínez Bujanda
Winter is coming to an end and the vines are starting to show new signs of life. Some vineyards have already seen the first 'weeping vines', which is really an exudation which occurs in pruning wounds at the end of the winter or beginning of spring, particularly on days where there is a certain amount of warmth. In this respect, an increase in the … [Read more...] about We are starting all over again
The 2010 harvest was the fourth excellent year of the twenty-first century for the Regulatory Council of the Rioja Denomination of Origin (after 2001, 2004 and 2005). The Rioja classification system, which involves the analysis of more than 4,000 samples from the 285 million litres produced, is the most rigorous in Spain. Even though, the scale … [Read more...] about Finca Valpiedra 2010: The product of an exceptional year!
Tim Atkin, master of wine and the top international opinion leader, who was not afraid to rank the wineries in the Rioja region, published his second monographic report in January, Rioja Special Report 2017, having tasted 850 wines from more than 150 wineries. Atkin maintains his 'controversial' winery pyramid from last year in which, following … [Read more...] about Atkin recognises Finca Valpiedra