Our customers are our best judges. It is their opinion what matters, since we make our wines especially for them. If they like our wines, our mission is accomplished. However, we also feel great when praise and renown come by wine experts.
Recently, we have been acclaimed by several international experts and we feel immensely proud of our achievements. One such enthusiastic review we got from award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin in his 2019 Rioja Special Report., who gives excellent scores and makes really favourable reviews of Familia Martínez Bujanda’s wines made at Finca Valpiedra and Viña Bujanda
The annual publication by the British Master of Wine, where Familia Martínez Bujanda has had an uninterrupted presence, highlights the sustained effort we put into making Rioja wines with a distinct character.
At Finca Valpiedra, the only bodega in La Rioja that is member of the Grandes Pagos de España association, we make terroir-driven wines in an unparalleled natural environment with a peculiar microclimate and alluvial soil, which deliver superb conditions for grapevine cultivation.
According to the review, Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2012 ‘follows the Bordeaux style.’ It ‘is quite fresh and nuanced for such a warm vintage and has a slightly meaty black fruit nose. Elegantly soaked with filigree tannins, it is full and long in the palate. Gorgeous.’
As for Cantos de Valpiedra Crianza 2015, it is ‘floral, elegant and well balanced.’ The MW points at the ‘quality of its tannins, with hints of a grand wine.’
Both wines were praised for their traditional style. About Viña Bujanda Gran Reserva 2011, Tim Atkin says, ‘It shows an updated classic style of Rioja, with an acidity oozing vitality and clean minerality. Red and black fruits jostle for supremacy on the palate of this wine marked by freshness and the character of its age. It unfolds very well in the mouth.’
As to Viña Bujanda Reserva 2013, it is an ‘attractively complex and balsamic wine, with a slight sweetness and a good underlying acidity.’
In addition to Tim Atkin, the quality of our wines also pleased the prestigious specialist magazine Wine Spectator, which rated Viña Bujanda Crianza 2015 as a 90-point wine and placed it among the best 100 wines in the world. ‘Supple and graceful,’ the American magazine adds.
Good reviews keep our eyes set on our primary goal: to make characterful wines, attached to the terroir.