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Oct 2013 - Over 600 flock to Rioja Trade Tasting


October 13





Wines from Rioja welcomed over 600 members of the UK wine trade to its inaugural tasting on 9th October. The tasting marked the first occasion Rioja wineries had come together generically in the UK, and represented the biggest collection of Rioja wines ever shown under one roof in the UK.


Attendees were drawn from all sectors of the trade, with sommeliers, supermarket buyers, independent merchants, importers, agents, and press all strongly represented. A large delegation from the Spanish Embassy, including His Excellency Federico Trillo Figueroa, the Spanish Ambassador also attended the event at OXO2 on London’s Southbank.


Key personnel from nearly 100 wineries already present in the UK and importers of Rioja wine hosted tables at the event, while in a separate “wineries without importers zone” buyers were connected with a further 19 wineries seeking representation in this market.


Over 650 wines were available to taste at the event, with a myriad of lesser-known varietals and styles of Rioja wine sharing the stage with traditional Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva wines. Around 15% of the wines available to taste were white, highlighting the growing significance of this category, with a broad range of styles from crisp modern styles, through to traditional barrel-fermented and oak-aged wines, as well as several monovarietal Malvasía and Tempranillo Blancos. The diversity of the red category also stood out, with over fifty monovarietal Graciano, Garnacha, and Maturana wines available to taste, alongside traditional and modern Tempranillo styles.


Lottie West, senior account director for Wines from Rioja in the UK, and organiser of the event commented, “we were delighted with the success of the first Wines from Rioja trade tasting. The exceptionally high level of engagement from wineries, with 118 represented, reflects that there was a genuine appetite for bringing such an event to London, while the high turnout of visitors indicates the continued enthusiasm for the category amongst the UK trade. We are already looking forward to making the event even bigger and better in 2014!”


Jose Luis Lapuente, General Manager  for the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja added; “The UK is our largest market and is of key strategic importance to us. Feedback on our inaugural trade tasting from exhibitors and visitors alike has been overwhelmingly positive, with numbers far exceeding our expectations, and demonstrating the importance of developing an annual focal point for the Rioja category.”


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For more information please contact the Wines from Rioja team at Phipps on 0207 749 7400 or email


Notes for Editors:

In total, 659 members of the UK wine trade were in attendance at the Wines from Rioja trade tasting on 9th October.

The full list of wineries represented at the tasting was as follows:

Winery tables:

Adnams (Bodegas Bagordi)

Araex Rioja Alavesa (Baigorri & Altos de Rioja)

Araex Rioja Alavesa (Luis Cañas; Amaren & Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida)

Bancroft (Bodegas Altanza)

Bancroft (Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza)

Barón de Ley

Berkmann - Bodegas Valdemar

Bibendum (Criadores de Rioja)

Bibendum (Dinastía Vivanco & DSG Vineyards)

Bodega Abel Mendoza

Bodega Martínez Lacuesta

Bodegas Aldeanueva

Bodegas Amezola de la Mora

Bodegas Beronia

Bodegas Biurko Gorri S.A.L

Bodegas Campillo

Bodegas Corral - Don Jacobo Wines

Bodegas Covila

Bodegas Cuna De Reyes

Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal

Bodegas Eguía

Bodegas Faustino

Bodegas Fernández de Pierola

Bodegas Finca Allende

Bodegas Finca Nueva

Bodegas Franco Españoles

Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha

Bodegas Landaluce

Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres

Bodegas Muriel

Bodegas Ostatu

Bodegas Paco García

Bodegas Patrocinio

Bodegas Ramon Bilbao

Bodegas Remelluri

Bodegas Riojanas

Bodegas Roda

Bodegas Santalba

Bodegas Solar Viejo

Bodegas Tarón

Bodegas Tobia

Bodegas Vinícola Real

Bodegas Zuazo Gaston

Boutinot (Bodegas Ontañón)

Boutinot (Valenciso)

Boutique Wine Company (Castillo de Sajazarra, Herederos Bello Berganzo & Bodegas Fin de Siglo)

BURRIDGES OF ARLINGTON ST (Bodegas Tobelas & Bodegas Urbina)

BURRIDGES OF ARLINGTON ST (Viña Eizaga & Bodegas del Medievo)

Campo Viejo



Domeco de Jarauta

Eguren Ugarte

Ehrmanns (Bodegas Ortubia & El Sacramento)

Ehrmanns (Paternina)

El Coto de Rioja

Familia Martínez Bujanda (Finca Valpiedra & Bujanda)

Finca Egomei

Haciendo y Viñedos Marqués del Atrio

Hallgarten & Druitt & Novum Wines (Bodegas Ondarre & Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta)

La Rioja Alta SA

Liberty Wine (Bodegas Izadi & Bodegas Orben)

Manzanos Wines

Marqués de Murrieta

Marqués de Vitoria





Pagos del Rey

Ramírez de la Piscina

Rioja Vega

Señorío de Librares

Stevens Garnier (Bodegas LAN & Sonsierra)

United Wineries (Berberana)

United Wineries (Marqués de la Concordia)

Vintae (Haciendo López de Haro & Palacio del Camino Real)

Viña Herminia

Viña Hermosa

Viña Ijalba

Viña Pomal

Viña Salceda

Viña Valoria


Viñedos de Alfaro


Wineries without importer:

Bodega Beleluin

Bodega Castillo de Mendoza

Bodega San Esteban

Bodega San Miguel

Bodegas Aldonia

Bodegas Benetakoa

Bodegas Bohedal

Bodegas Fuente Vieja

Bodegas J.E.R SL

Bodegas Murua

Bodegas Olartia

Bodegas y Vinedos Fuente Viejas sl.

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza


Dominio de Nobleza

Grupo Solar de Samaniego


Unzu Propiedad

Viña Olabarri

Rioja in the UK – key stats:

 -       The UK remains Rioja’s largest export market, accounting for 34% of exports. 

-       2.72m 9l cases of Rioja were sold over the period June 2012 – June 2013 (Nielsen MAT to 22.06.13) with a value of £197m; an increase of 4% in volume and 8% in value on the previous year.

-       Rioja makes up 28% of all Spanish wine sales by volume in the UK and around 3% of the UK wine market as a whole (Nielsen MAT to w.e. 23.06.13)

-       Rioja fetches a higher price (£6.04 per bottle) than the UK average bottle of wine (£5.08) and around 30% higher than the £4.66 average price per bottle of Spanish wine. Across all of Spain’s winegrowing regions, Rioja commands the highest per bottle price (Nielsen MAT to 22.06.13).

-       Rioja remains Spain’s flagship premium wine, accounting for 36% of Spain’s value against a volume share of 28%.

About Wines from Rioja:

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.