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A white Rioja wine for every SS18 occasion

A white Rioja wine for every SS18 occasion


Everyone knows the arrival of warmer weather and lighter evenings calls for a chilled, crisp white wine. The difficulty is choosing which wine to go for each occasion.


Whether you are attending a traditional British barbecue, outdoor garden party or enjoying a family picnic and socialising with friends, Spain’s flagship wine region has the perfect summer white to match. With its broad range of styles, diversity of flavours and array of grape varieties, white Rioja is the must-have wine style of the season. 


From the youthful and zingy flavours of unoaked styles to more traditional barrel-fermented oaked white wines, the region produces a wine to suit every palate. Made predominantly from the Viura grape, other white grapes which can be used to make white Rioja wines include the lesser known Tempranillo Blanco, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca, Maturana Blanca, Verdejo, Turruntés as well as the better known international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.


Catching up in the garden with friends 

Luis Alegre Blanco Viura 2016

Dunnes Stores, Field & Fawcett, Oddbins, £9.50

A distinctive and unoaked style of white Rioja made from the Viura grape variety. The fresh and fruity aromas of green apples and grassy hints make this a perfect partner to a plate of authentic Marcona almonds and a relaxed catch-up in the garden with friends.



Navajas Blanco Crianza 2014

The Wine Society, Bowland Forest Vintners, Milestone Wines Ltd, Rollings Wine Co

RRP £8.50-9.50

A traditional Crianza white Rioja (meaning the wine has spent at least six months in barrel) with a rounded texture, slightly smoky character and slight nutty flavours. The subtle oak ageing of this wine brings a hint of sweet vanilla and complexity making it the perfect partner to barbecued fish and white meats.


Garden party crowd pleaser

Bodegas Ontañón Tierras del Isasa 2016

Marks & Spencer, £11

A modern-style of white Rioja packed full of vibrant flavours of pear, white peach and green plum with a lovely balance of acidity and a refreshing finish. The perfect foil to hard cheeses such as Manchego or even classic Spanish anchovies.


The family lunch

Viña Albina 2016

Noble Wines, Harveys, The Vineyard, Harrods, Adnams Cellar & Kitchen, RRP £8.99

A wine with a big personality and full of rich peach and apricot aromas expressing both the Viura grape and the elegance from the American oak barrels. The oak ageing gives it a creamy texture and elegant finish which makes this an ideal match for grilled fish or even creamy pasta dishes.



For more information, images or samples please contact the UK Wines from Rioja press office team on or call 0207 759 7400


Notes to Editors

  • Wines from Rioja is the UK marketing arm of The Rioja Regulatory Council or Consejo Regulador de Rioja DOCa, the body responsible for the application and monitoring of legislation relating to the quality and standards of wines produced in the region, promotion of the image of Rioja wines and defence of interests of the sector
  • Wines from Rioja UK information:
  • White wines currently represent close to 8% of annual Rioja sales, which has risen from 5% just five years ago
  • In the UK, white Rioja continued its upward trend for the third consecutive year, with value sales up by 64% and volume sales up 61% (Nielsen MAT to 31.12.17). White Rioja now makes up 7.3% of Rioja by value and 8.0% of Rioja by volume (Nielsen MAT to 31.12.17).
  • White Rioja wines are classified by the following ageing classifications:
    • Crianza – the wine must be aged in barrel for a minimum of 6 months
    • Reserva – the wine must be aged for at least 2 years, with at least 6 months in barrel
    • Gran Reserva – the wine must be aged for at least 4 years, with at least one year in barrel