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Trade press release - trade tasting




Over 100 Rioja wineries will showcase a diverse range of over 650 red, white, and rosé wines at Wines from Rioja’s inaugural UK trade tasting on 9th October 2013. This occasion marks the first time Rioja wineries have exhibited generically in the UK, and represents the biggest collection of Rioja wines ever shown under one roof.

Key personnel from nearly 90 wineries already present in the UK and importers of Rioja wine will host tables at the event, while a further 20 wineries without UK representation will be available to taste in a separate “wineries without importers zone", connecting buyers with wineries not currently distributed in this market.

Alongside traditional Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva wines, the tasting will also shine a light on a myriad of lesser-known varietals and styles of Rioja wine. Over 100 white wines will be available to taste, including two 100% Malvasía and three 100% Tempranillo Blanco wines, with many more blends including these varietals. Among the reds, over 20 wines from 100% Graciano, and over 30 with a Garnacha majority will be represented, along with four wines made from 100% Maturana. Rounding off the offering will be 41 rosé wines.

Four themed focus tables will further highlight the diversity of the region’s wines, with an exciting line-up chosen according to the following themes: White Rioja - everything from fresh and crisp, through to barrel-fermented and oak-aged; Beyond Tempranillo – reds made without Tempranillo – everything from Garnacha, to Graciano and Maturana; Gran Reserva – a vertical tasting of Rioja Gran Reserva wines from vintages rated “excellent” over the last 20 years; Rioja in Retail – a diverse collection of Rioja wines with nationwide retail availability, showcasing to the press the highlights of Rioja available in retail.

Ricardo Aguiriano, marketing director for the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja commented; “there is great excitement in Rioja to be bringing the region’s wines to London on a scale never seen before. The genuine enthusiasm and appetite for such an event is reflected in the exceptionally high number of wineries taking part. We’re all looking forward to welcoming the UK press and trade to the tasting in October, and we’re sure that all visitors will relish the opportunity to taste so many Rioja wines, and meet so many of the faces behind the wines.”

The Wines from Rioja UK Trade Tasting takes place on Wednesday 9th October at OXO2, Southbank. Members of the press and UK wine trade can register now for the Wines from Rioja UK Trade Tasting at

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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:

Time and location:
Wednesday October 9th 2013
The tasting will run from 11am – 5pm

Venue: OXO2, Level Two, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
(nearest tube Waterloo or Blackfriars)

The full list of wineries represented at the tasting is 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 Medrano Irazu
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

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.