Wine of Rioja
An exceptional red wine is one of the most effective presents – in case you are not sorely tempted to enjoy it on your own before giving it to somebody else! For you might succumb to the temptation when the following assortment of wines is presented to you. We have chosen a few wonderful grapevines from the range of our wine supplier Spanischer Garten in Düsseldorf, Germany, which all impress with their fiery bouquet and lead you into temptation! Our offer also addresses collectors of premium wines since the 1978 vintage Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva made by the bodega Marqués de Murrieta (Ygay) represents something quite special. Regardless of whether you enjoy it on your terrace on a summer’s evening, in front of a cosy fireplace, together with someone you love or with friends: excellent red wine is the symbol for enjoyment and guarantees genuine wellness.
By choosing some wines from Rioja, one of the most important wine-growing areas in Europe, Vapami brings the scenery of Ebro in the north of Spain a little closer. More than 20,000 vintners produce the wine that is characteristic for this region and names it, but only a few wines qualify for the assortment of our importer Die Spanischen Gärten – and thus for our own range of wines.
Rioja is one of the true classics: About twenty years ago the products from this region began to change from heavy wines that aged very long into barrel-aged wines with a wonderfully soft and fiery bouquet. Their acidity and harmonious taste are typical characteristics and make them distinctive. The oak-cask aged wines are available in three different maturity levels: Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva. While Crianza wine matures two years and at least one of them in an oak barrel, a Reserva has to age for three years – and at least one of them in an oak cask. In contrast, a Gran Reserva must mature two years in an oak barrel and three years in bottles. As distinct as these types of vines are that are grown in the regions La Rioja, the Basque Country and Navarra – aside from the most frequently cultivated Tempranillo there are also other types of grapes like Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano or varieties like Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca –, each of them has a characteristic taste and one can definitely look forward to an exceptional taste adventure with these wines.
Maybe you are even familiar with the vineyards presented here due to a journey to the Spanish Rioja region? For those wine enthusiasts we gathered some important information about these red wines and their origin. The bodegas, wineries and production locations we chose are the following:
Marqués de Murrieta:
For more than 160 years now the bodega Marqués de Murrieta is managed by maintaining the balance between traditional and future concerns. In 1852 Luciano Murrieta y Garía presented and successfully exported his first exquisite Rioja. Soon the wine-growing district Ygay was founded. Today it comprises an expanse of about 300 hectare plus the Ygay Castle which is also visible on the bottle’s label. Since then this bodega stands for high-quality and sophisticated wines from the Rioja Alta region (of course all wines are subject to strict quality checks). The wine’s high standard results mainly from a warm and mild climate that is strongly influenced by the Cantabrian Mountains in the north. The types of vines grown by Marqués de Murrieta are Tempanillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Garciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viura White.
Bodega El Coto de Rioja:
In 1970 the vineyard El Coto was founded by a group of wine experts with professional expertise. Between 1990 and 1997 this bodega became one of the leading wineries in the Rioja region (D.O.Ca and thus the best qualification according to the regulating authority of the DOC Rioja – the oldest one in Spain and approved since 1926: It signifies quality monitoring and determines regulations and requirements to ensures the quality of regional wines); In 1997 it became the first group of wines from this region ever to be listed for stock exchange, in 2001 Forbes Magazine listed it among the first 100 “small caps” of the world. About 500 hectare of land belongs to the bodega. Meanwhile, El Coto is a huge bodega with a well-known name and great wines that are exported to 50 different countries.
Bodegas Luis Cañas:
The family business Luis Cañas has a tradition of more than 200 years with respect to viticulture and winemaking and has become one of the leading wineries in Rioja Alaves. Since 1989 Juan Luis Cañas leads the enterprise, in 1994 he built a new and more modern winery. The wines being produced and sold under the label Bodegas Luis Cañas stand for repeatedly certified top class wines. The bodega Luis Cañas belongs to an organisation called “Bodegas con Alma”, an association of wineries that takes perfect winemaking and a rich sense of life for granted and aims to link both.
Founded in 1932 the vineyard Muga in Haro is certified with a DOC quality seal – a classical Spanish winery that is characterised by its outstanding quality. The winery is located in a valley in the north of the Rioja region and thus is a sub-region of Rioja Alta. The wines produced in the bodega Muga are exclusively stored in oak casks – thus they are barrel-aged wines – and are cautiously fermented and bottled. This diligence is definitely reflected in the wine’s taste.