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Premiumising Spain’s white wines

Published:  22 May, 2024

Justin Keay takes a pan-regional look at Spain’s white wines as more young winemakers look to experiment and revive older varieties.


Ramón Bilbao marks 100 Years with a vision for the future

Published:  25 April, 2024

In the heart of Spain’s renowned Rioja wine region, Ramón Bilbao stands as a testament to a century of winemaking excellence and innovation. Founded in 1924, the winery has remained steadfast in its commitment to crafting exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Rioja while embracing modern techniques and sustainable practices.


Rioja launches education programme for UK sommeliers

Published:  27 March, 2024

Launching for the first time this summer, Rioja Wine UK has opened applications for its Rioja Somm’er School, an educational programme based in Logroño aimed exclusively at UK-based sommeliers and on-trade buyers.


Spanish government to reduce restaurant opening hours

Published:  15 March, 2024

The Spanish government has announced its intention to enforce a 35-hour working week, to align itself with the rest of Europe and reduce restaurant opening hours.


Sogrape strengthens in Iberia

Published:  22 February, 2024

Sogrape, Portugal’s largest wine company, has increased its Iberian presence with the acquisition of Viña Mayor in Ribera del Duero’s ‘Golden Mile’.


Tim Atkin MW: The UK trade doesn’t take Rioja seriously enough

Published:  16 February, 2024

Rarely does a trade tasting generate this level of excitement, but, Tim Atkin MW’s Best of Rioja trade and consumer tasting was teeming with life in Westminster this week. By Atkin’s admission, never has such a collection of wines been assembled in the UK from Spain’s flagship region.


Spain’s wine harvest falls by 14%

Published:  12 January, 2024

Following initial estimates from the European Commission in October 2023, Food and Wines from Spain (FWS) has revealed the country’s 2023 production to be 34m hl, around 14% less than in 2022.


Tim Atkin MW: Rioja on the rocks?

Published:  06 October, 2023

It should have been a moment of celebration, a chance to hymn the qualities of a special place. José Luis Pérez-Linares’ documentary, Rioja: La Tierra de Mil Vinos, will be premiered at the Valladolid film festival later this month. No doubt the movie will talk about Rioja’s diversity, about the thousand wines of its title, but it will also prompt deeper questions about the way Spain’s marquee wine region is run – and its future viability.


Spain needs greater penetration of secondary market to raise profile

Published:  18 September, 2023

To lift the perception of Spain’s more premium and off-beat offerings, the country’s top wines need to be more visible on the high-end buying circuit. 


Three £1,000 prizes up for grabs at Feliz Rioja

Published:  12 September, 2023

Now in its third year, Rioja Wine Month is returning this November with a festive twist, to encourage consumers to keep the region in mind when gifting in the run-up to Christmas. 


Advertisement Feature: Rioja Residency

Published:  14 July, 2023

A selection of age-worthy styles from recent to older decades were on full show at this recent event – a new, unbeatable showing of the region’s best wines.


Rioja’s top wines take the spotlight in London

Published:  26 June, 2023

A selection of age-worthy styles from recent to older decades were on full show at the recent Rioja Residency – a new, unbeatable showing of the region’s best wines.


Inspirational event to boost Rioja

Published:  13 June, 2023

Rioja DOCa global marketing & communications director Inigo Tapiador talks through the upcoming Rioja Residency on 21 June.


Rioja’s great whites

Published:  24 May, 2023

Abbie Bennington delves into the exciting and diverse white Riojas emerging from the Spanish region and why Rioja shouldn’t simply mean red.


Talking Tempranillo

Published:  22 May, 2023

Going under a host of names, Spain’s champion variety arguably deserves a more global reputation. Andrew Catchpole reports.


CVNE folds Rías Baixas winery into portfolio

Published:  16 March, 2023

Rioja group CVNE has acquired Bodegas La Val in Rías Baixas, taking the number of wineries in its portfolio to eight.


Indigenous grapes to fly the flag for Wines from Spain tasting

Published:  23 February, 2023

Over 900 wines from over 280 Spanish bodegas will be available to taste at the Wines from Spain Annual Tasting in London on 28 February. Alongside Spain’s best-known indigenous grapes, like Tempranillo or Verdejo, a plethora of lesser-known varietals will also come to the fore, bringing together classic and newer DOs alike.


Tim Atkin MW releases new Rioja report

Published:  08 February, 2023

Renowned critic and Harpers columnist Tim Atkin MW has launched the 2023 edition of his Rioja Report.


Rioja's white exports grow, but overall market dips

Published:  23 November, 2022

The growth of Rioja’s white wines is paying dividends for the region in the export market, finally making good on a promise that the DO is able to diversify its portfolio abroad. However, things are looking a little less rosy globally in 2022, with uncertainty in various key markets leading exports to take a tumble.


Ramón Bilbao: Reviving old favourites

Published:  07 November, 2022

In 2024, Ramón Bilbao will celebrate its centenary, 100 years of fine winemaking that has firmly established it as one of the leading producers in Spain and one of the world’s most admired wine brands. However, since the start of the current millennium Ramón Bilbao has become famous for more than just great winemaking. Under head winemaker Rodolfo Bastida, who assumed the reins in 1999, and the ownership of the Zamora Group, the Haro-based producer has been at the forefront of innovation in Rioja Alta and beyond. While pursuing excellence, it has cast aside many of the conventions that led many people to brand Rioja as boring and predictable.