Rioja, one of the most known wine regions in the world. A place of long traditions and methods of winemaking stretching hundreds of years back.
Best known for their extreme use of barrels ageing, leaving most red wines taste of vanilla. But things are changing in this part of the wine world as well. Younger blood with new perspectives have taken over some of the wineries, adding a bit of present in the past way of making wines here.
Our wine of the week is Izadi. A traditional winery from the late 1800, which are keeping traditions, but adding modern techniques were modernisation compliments the wines. They farm bush wines. A style of winemaking we've seen mostly used in South Africa. The vines grow in poor soils, leaving low yields and more consecrated grapes. The Reserve 2016 is made from 100% Tempranillo, the most famous grape in Spain.
It's a fantastic wine that reflects what Rioja is most know for, but updated to keep in interesting for wine lovers in 2020.