Grower

Alegre y Valgañón

Winemaker

Oscar Alegre y Eva Valgañón

Location

📍 Rioja, Spain

Size

8 hectares

Established in

2012

Grapes

Tempranillo, Granacha Bianca

Specificity

The new bodega to follow in the Rioja!

 

(Oscar) Alegre y (Eva) Valgañón, a dynamic husband and wife team are beginning to cause quite a stir throughout the region. Although they have only been making wine since the 2012 vintage, both their families are steeped in the traditions of Rioja, owning various vineyards from which Oscar and Eva can now source their grapes. Furthermore, these plots lie in excellent sites around the Obarenes Mountains. Agreed, not quite as well-known as, say, the hills of Corton, Hermitage, and those of the Langhe, but in Rioja terms, long revered by the province’s growers. Trust us! In the cellar, Oscar and Eva want their creations to exhibit more of the fruit, and its associated ‘terroir’: so, they use only French timber, a mix of ‘barriques’ (225 litres) and ‘demi-muids’ (600), with none of it new. Crucial. The wood influence is lessened significantly, thereby allowing the wines to speak clearly for themselves. It also means that the qualifications of ‘Crianza’ and ‘Reserva’ have to go out the window, as there’s no compliance with the DOC regulations.

 

Rioja, Tinto, Alegre y Valgañón, 2019
Truly head-spinning Rioja winemakers, appealingly sweet and energetic, a wine packed to the rafters with pleasure.
£14.95
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Style
Fruity & Uplifting
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Rioja Blanco, Alegre y Valganon, 2019
White Rioja is making a comeback, with a fresh new mouthfeel.
£14.95
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Style
Floral & Aromatic
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