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Abel Mendoza, Viura, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2022

Product code: 1707
Abel Mendoza, Viura, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2022

Producer Profile

Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.

His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.


Calcareous clay soils, grapes from different plots. From old vines, over 30 years, grown in San Vicente de La Sonsierra.


Temperature controlled fermentation in new French Oak barrels and 4 1/2 months on its fine lees.

Oak Ageing

Time: 5 Months
Type: French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100

Tasting Note

Straw yellow. Intense aromas, floral, very perfumed, with good fruit expression in the foreground, and well integrated wood notes of balsamic and dried grass. In the mouth it has superb acidity with a bright, smooth, silky and pleasant finish.

Food Matching

Cheese, Fish and Foie Gras


Tim Atkin Rioja 2024 Special Report 94 Points
Abel Mendoza's Viura is a textbook example of the grape, showing just how good it can be if the vines are old. This uses building blocks from 14 parcels in three different villages, and has delicious extract, focus and concentration. Fermented in new French oak, with some added texture from bâtonnage, it has aniseed and wild flower aromas and flavours of lemon and greengage. 94 Points, TA, 2024.

Technical Details
Viura 100%
Vegetarian Vegan Biodynamic Works Organically

Natural cork


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl