Rioja has risen in provenance over the centuries to become one of the world’s premier wine regions. It’s not without good reason; this is a part of Spain which features some of the most beautiful terroir the world has ever seen, and which has a particularly Spanish sense of pride and tradition when it comes to winemaking... resulting in some truly spectacular bottles. When exploring the heady world of Rioja wines, the winery of Navarro Lopez is a superb place to start. Founded in 1904, this is a classic example of a simple farmstead done good - it slowly transformed over the 20th century from a humble smallholding, producing hearty red wines for the local community, to a world-class business serving the international wine-loving community.
The 21st century has been an exciting one for Navarro Lopez. In 2001, the winery had a complete overhaul, mirroring the boom of interest in the wines of Rioja by wine lovers worldwide.
The new winery may be stuffed to the gills with state-of-the-art technology capable of eking out every drop of expression from the fruit it processes, but it’s never quite lost that original, humble, small-scale heart that beat so strongly a hundred years before. The result? Wines which express this unique part of Spain with beauty and passion, and manage to balance accessibility with complexity, tradition with modernity, and which burst with the flavours of some of the finest fruit the world has ever seen.
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