Pippa Hayward, one of the only four official Rioja Educators in the UK, will take you through the oldest DOCa of Spain, introducing you to its history and characteristics, and will explain why this classic region is so interesting and vibrant today.
To highlight the potential and different styles of Rioja, we’ll be tasting two beautiful Crianza from two of the oldest bodegas in the region.
How to join the online tasting?
Buy your ticket here or in your local shop - price includes the two bottles listed below (exc. delivery) and we'll email you the joining instructions and Zoom link a few days before the event.
See you there!
Bodega Montecillo, Rioja Crianza 2016
Founded 150 years ago, Montecillo is the third oldest bodega in Rioja. The wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, aged for 18 months in semi-new American oak for the Tempranillo and 14 months for the Garnacha, with at least six months in the bottle after blending. This wine is a delicious example of modern style Rioja.
Bodega Urbina, Rioja Crianza 2009
Since Salvador Urbina started out around 150 years ago, four generations have farmed the 75 hectares of vines located in the coldest spot of the region. 95% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and Graciano, the wine is matured first in French oak and then in American oak for at least 12 months. Complex and textbook example of traditionally made Rioja.