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Ribera del Duero’s Cruz de Alba signs to Enotria & Coe

Published:  29 January, 2019

Cruz de Alba has joined sister wineries Ramón Bilbao from Rioja and Mar de Frades from Rías Baixas at Enotria & Coe to offer a trio of wines to UK independents and the on-trade.

Cruz de Alba, which has the motto ‘Born From Nature’ and is part of Spain’s Zamora Company, was established in 2003. It owns 40-hectares of Tempranillo vines at Finca los Hoyales in the ‘Golden Mile’ of the Ribera del Duero DO.

It said its winemaker Sergio Ávila is on a mission to “make modern wines which are elegant and fresh, not over-oaked or aged” and that Ávila “also has the added ambition of using only agro-homeopathic treatments according to the biodynamic calendar”.

Kirsty Loftus, UK area manager for Zamora Company, added Ávila believes in “managing the health of the vines in a holistic way, and that any problems encountered in the vineyard have a solution in that same vineyard.

“For him, nature provides the answer and this approach is totally in tune with increasing Consumer demand for products with provenance, and that respect the environment.”

The three wines, which will be presented for trade tasting debut at the Enotria portfolio tasting on 5th February, include a Cruz de Alba Finca Los Hoyales 2013 with an RRP of £90, a Cruz de Alba Reserva 2012 with an RRP of £25 and a Cruz de Alba Crianza 2015 with an RRP of £17.50.

The Zamora Company operates in over 80 countries around the world and employs over 350 people. Last summer it revealed a 3.8% increase in revenue to €169 million for 2017 compared to the previous year, which it said was largely driven by its Licor 43 and Ramón Bilbao brands. It also targeted a sales increase of 50% by 2020.