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Spain

Alliance’s Spanish portfolio is all about rising stars - extraordinary wines from amazing winemakers who are at the top of their game.

If you slice an Alliance staff member in two they will most likely bleed pimentón - stained blood studded with morsels of Jamón Ibérico - such is our passion for all things Spanish.

If last year we said that we believed Spain to be "the most interesting and best value source of wine in Europe" it is now apparent that we very clearly held that to be true. Not only have we developed wines with our existing producers but have assimilated a further seven to create a deep and widespread Spanish list.

New growers joining us include the incomparable Pazo de Señorans from Rias Baixas, benchmark Albariño and almost singlehandedly demonstrating how beautifully this variety can age. We also welcome Contreras Ruiz from the Atlantic coast of Andalusia who are making fine fresh whites from the hitherto (at least to us) unknown variety Zalema and most excitingly also from Andalusia (mostly) Equipo Navazos - a band of enthusiasts selecting and bottling the purest, rarest and finest sherries while pursuing particular projects in other parts of Spain. Celler de Capçanes, a very forward thinking co-op in Montsant, Irene Alemany & Laurent Corrio, garagistas from Penedes and Oller del Mas, an historic, organically farmed estate working with Picapoll varieties in Pla de Bages form a trio of Catalan growers also new to us this year. The last of our new growers comes from Spain's most loved region - Rioja - and Abel Mendoza does love his vineyards. Shirking anything to with marketing or being commercial Abel strives only to produce wines that reflect their origin and along with Telmo Rodriguez at Remelluri we have two of the most terroir driven Riojan growers.

These new producers demonstrate the fabulous wealth of wines and wine styles Spain has to offer. Whether its  Picapoll Negre from Oller del Mas, Garnacha from Capcanes, Buil & Gine or El Escoces Volante, Monastrell from Viña  Elena, Tempranillo from our troop of Riojans, Finca Manzanos, Luis Cañas, Abel Mendoza, Amaren and Remelluri  or Mencia from Merayo these are indigenous Spanish red grape  varieties all handled with sympathy and knowledge. And white grapes! Palomino, Albariño, Treixadura, Picapoll Blanco, Zalema, Torrontes, Hondarribi Zuri  and Xarello are again all indigenous Spanish varieties grown by our producers and revealing at times vibrancy, complexity, structure, aromatics. There are so many flavours in Spain and through our producers' care and passion you can explore all of them - just dive in.