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Bodegas Amaren, DOCa Rioja

Bodegas Amaren is the tribute of a great wine producer to his mother.

Bodegas Amaren (meaning 'of my mother' in Basque) pays homage to Ángeles, the mother of Juan Luis Cañas, the owner-manager of Bodegas Luis Cañas. A tireless worker, she dedicated her life to the vineyard and winery with a fierce passion and drive to produce only the highest quality wines.

The first vintage of Amaren was the 1995, but it wasn't until 2009 that Juan turned his dream into reality with a winery dedicated to wines that represent the pioneering ambition of his mother.

With 22 hectares of vines older than 60 years and another 30 between 30 and 60 years, only the finest grapes are used for these wines.

Only vines planted on slopes and terraces have the potential to be Amaren. Each plot is categorised and if the quality is not good enough the grapes will not be used for these wines, resulting in limited production or in some years no production at all - so snap these wines up when you can!

This stunning range represents the best of the winery's wines and the drive for perfection in all fields - from the cultivation of the vineyard, the hand selection of the grapes and thoughtful winemaking through to careful ageing, these are honest wines of outstanding quality. 

The masterpiece of Juan Luis Cañas, the wines are so good five of the seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in Spain feature them on their menus!

Lauded by the press, 2012 saw the Amaren Tempranillo Reserva Especial 2005 awarded three gold trophies at the IWC Awards - 'Best Tempranillo in the World', 'Best Rioja' and 'Best Spanish Red' - fantastic accolades for this fantastic wine.