We are absolutely delighted to have added the brilliant wines of Lopez de Heredia to our portfolio. Based in Rioja Alta, the wines are produced in a classic style that has long been unfashionable and which we love. This is one of the last real gems of the wine world. Founded in 1877 by Don Rafael L?pez de Heredia y Landeta in Haro, famed capital of La Rioja Alta, it has become the oldest in the town and one of the three oldest in the whole of Rioja. Still in the hands of the family, the Bodega is now run by the charming Maria Jose Lopez de Heredia. Often young winemakers are keen to modernise but things at Lopez de Heredia are radically different. There is not a glimpse of stainless steel, as the inspirational Maria Jos? wishes to keep making the wines in the very successful manner in which they have been crafted for the last 131 years. Grape selection and winemaking are done by hand, wines are fined with egg whites and both reds and whites are aged only in wood, with a complete disregard for popular fashions. The minimum time spent in barrel is 36 months for any wine, six years for Reservas and an amazing nine years for the Gran Reservas. All ageing takes place in barrels made by the company?s own cooper, which are renovated so that the use of new wood is kept to a minimum. The names Vi?a Tondonia and Vi?a Bosconia refer to two different vineyards. Bosconia is at higher altitude and is planted with more Tempranillo, and its wines are more juicy and sweetly fruited. Tondonia has more Mazuelo and Graciano and produces wines of a more savoury, spicy, complex and mineral character. The aged whites are sensationally complex and mature, but with plenty of vivacity and freshness. Since the Bodega?s inception, only 26 vintages have been deemed good enough for the production of Gran Reserva reds and whites.