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Rioja 10x10 to make a triumphant return

Published:  11 September, 2018

Harpers is once again partnering with Rioja 10x10, bringing yet great opportunity to discover of Rioja’s top wines and key trends.

This year’s tasting is almost upon us again on October 9, when we invite members of the trade to taste and discover the wines from Spain’s largest and most famous fine wine region.

Launched in 2015, the wines are judged by a panel of leading experts from across the wine trade under the guidance of co-chairs Tim Atkin MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW.

This year’s tasting is bringing back some established categories such as oaked and unoaked whites, which are experiencing a boost in interest in the UK - Nielsen put the sales figures for white Rioja up 32% in the UK off-trade in year to June 2018 versus the previous year.

Spanish rosés – another focus for the event - also increased in volume by 41% over the same period.

A wide selection of Rosados will be available, building on last year; while a new section, Women Winemakers, places the focus on the women behind the wines.

This is a fantastic opportunity “to bring into the spotlight the people behind the wines,” said Evans. These include “some of Rioja’s outstanding and longstanding winemakers - including Elena Adell (Campo Viejo), María Larrea (CVNE) and María Vargas (Marqués de Murrieta).”

The full list of 10x10 categories:

- Unoaked white

- Oaked white

- Rosado

- Crianza

- Reserva (£10 - £14.99) - Reserva (over £15)

- Gran Reserva

- Non-Tempranillo red

- Genérico (Premium over £15)

- Women Winemakers

Rioja 10x10 is coming to Banking Hall, London from 11am-5pm on October 9.

Registrations are now open at

A consumer event will follow in the evening.