deAlto Rioja y Más, Spain
The food, the people and of course the wine… Master of Wine Giles Cooke, has led our winemaking team to craft a range that illustrates the brilliant potential of Rioja, Navarra and La Mancha as well as the quality of fruit that these regions can deliver when respectful, sustainable techniques are maintained. Drawing on the revered, in-depth knowledge of Paul Shinnie and the technical skills of Marta Juega Rivera, these wines offer a tantalising taste of contemporary Spain. Over a decade’s worth of dedication, travel and experimentation have culminated in the creation of deAlto Rioja y Más, which joins the family of Alliance-owned wineries, Thistledown Wines in Australia and Terres Fidèles in France. Responding to the need for a more sustainable future, our wineries harness the best vineyards to produce wines that are connected by a similar spirit of adventure, experimentation, creativity and commitment to sustainable wine production.
The deAlto Rioja y Más portfolio is an incredible patchwork of vineyards, villages and micro-climates from around Spain. We have unpicked some of those traditional tapestries of culture, geography, commerce and climate, and have instead pursued a contemporary route to crafting wines of elegance and energy. Wines that faithfully narrate their individual places and vineyard plots, not the barrel or the winery.
Old vine Garnacha and Tempranillo is produced with love and attention to form an expression of site and with minimalist intervention winemaking.
- DeAlto, DOCa Rioja: Established in the Rioja Oriental sub-zone of Rioja, deAlto is an unconventional producer of brilliant wines including deAlto Tradicional, El Primero & La Planta Magica.
- Aurkitu, DO Navarra: Aurkitu means to “discover” in Basque, and when we came upon these beautiful vineyards of the Baja Montaña in Navarra, we had stumbled upon one of the great treasures of Spain.
- Campo Flores, La Mancha: Campo Flores celebrates not only the rich cultural tapestry of Southern Spain but also its ability to grow affordable fruit that is both delicious and organic.