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Spanish agencies for PLB

Published:  09 March, 2010

PLB has added two Spanish producers to its portfolio: Navarra's Bodegas Ochoa and Rioja's Miguel Merino.

Both wines are aimed at the high-end on-trade and independent sectors.

"We are thrilled to be working with both of these prestigious, multi-award winning wineries," said PLB's European buying director Nick Tatham MW.

"Miguel Merino is a highly regarded boutique producer of excellent Rioja, while Bodegas Ochoa has been instrumental in increasing the awareness and appreciation of Navarra as a wine region in its own right."

The Ochoa family built its current cellar in 1845 and has a range spanning young reds, varietal whites and Gran Reservas.  Grapes are sourced from 143 owned hectares planted with old vines grafted onto a selection of cultivated rootstocks.

Miguel Merino - who has been working at Bodegas Ochoa since 1985 and still holds the position of export director - established his eponymous winery in 1993. Grapes for his Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja wines come from 11 hectares of old vine, south-facing vineyards at high altitudes of 550 metres in Briones, Rioja Alta.