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Producer profile: La Rioja Alta

From mastering the use of oak to racking wines by candlelight, this is a producer known for its commitment to tradition. But even with this deep connection to the past, it’s possible – and necessary – to adapt and evolve, writes David Williams

When we talk about terroir, we can mean many things. But the one factor that all definitions of the concept consistently agree on is the primacy of where the vines are grown: the soil, the climate, the topography… When we speak of a ‘wine of place’, it’s the vineyard that we are meant to picture. Sometimes, however, isn’t the winery just as important? And just as capable of being indentified in the glass?

 

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