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deAlto | Rioja y Más, Spain

Established in the Rioja Oriental sub-zone of Rioja, deAlto | Rioja y Más is an unconventional producer of brilliant wines that aim to maximise the fruit potential of the regions they come from.

Responding to the need for a more sustainable future, they harness the best vineyards to produce pure Rioja as well as using that same spirit of adventure, experimentation, creativity and commitment to sustainable wine production to embrace a family of wines from across the country. Drawing on the revered, in-depth knowledge of Paul Shinnie and the technical skills of Marta Juega Rivera, the wines of, deAlto | Rioja y Más offer a tantalising taste of contemporary Spain.

Viticulture

The deAlto portfolio is an incredible patchwork of vineyards, villages and micro-climates but until recently much of that detail, that essence has been blended to form a more composite (but no less delicious) whole. Unpicking some of those traditional tapestries of culture, geography, commerce and climate, we pursue the real essence of what makes contemporaray, crafting wines of elegance and energy. Wines that faithfully narrate their site.

Winemaking

Old vine Garnacha, produced with love and attention to form an expression of site and with minimalist intervention winemaking.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • El Primero: An unashamedly contemporary style of rioja that relies not on oak or age but on quality of fruit and a subtle, nuanced approach to winemaking.
  • La Planta Magica: Named after the Mistletoe to be found in the almond trees that surround this old, bush trained Garnacha Vineyard. The spice from the french oak is integrated and supporting without d
  • Aurkitu: Means to “find” or to “discover” in the Basque language and when we came upon the remote, beautiful vineyards of the Baja Montaña, we certainly felt like we had stumbled upon one of the great