Rioja’s Bordeaux-like Classifications

valenciso bottlesTim Atkin MW recently published his 2018 Rioja Report which is a very comprehensive guide to the region.
Tim is a very well respected and renowned wine journalist and as part of his report he classifies the top producers similar to the 1855 Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe divisions.
We were delighted to see that 3 of the producers in Rioja we import from were listed in the classification:
Valenciso – An iconic producer from Haro in Rioja Alta. Well known for their sublime Rioja Reserva Tinto who also make a fantastic white from 100 year old vines.
Classified as a Second Growth.


Gregorio Martinez – The highlight of this estate for us is the Seleccion Blanco which blew us away when we tasted it in Spain last year. Fermented in American oak and aged for 24 months in the same barrels it has amazing complexity.
Classified as a Fourth Growth.

biurko label

Bodegas Biurko – An organically certified producer based in Rioja Alavesa, the wines are very elegant mineral and fresh. They are great value too offering very accessible price points for consumers and restaurants alike.
Classified as a Cru Bourgeois.
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