Compania Bodeguera de Valenciso
Compañia Bodeguera de Valenciso is fairly unique with its ‘one cellar, one wine, one brand’
approach, only producing wine under the ‘Reserva’ category of Rioja. Based in Haro, the capital of the Rioja Alta, Valenciso is the brainchild of Luis Valentin. Luis was for many years Managing Director of Bodegas Palacio, the bodegas which produces the famous Rioja Cosme Palacio but in 1998 he decided to establish his own company with his partner Carmen Enciso. Together they work with their winemaker, Alicia Eyaralar, who shares their preference for subtle and elegant wines.

After a few years on the sidelines, dictated by the unavoidable time and patience required to produce quality wine, Luis and Carmen released their first wine in 2002, a ‘modern’ style reserva rioja from the 1998 vintage. Only produced in small volume from 100% Tempranillo grapes, the emphasis is on the fruit, which is then aged using new French oak barrels which are replaced every three years, instead of the more traditional American oak.

Unlike the more established Rioja wineries Valenciso does not have a long and illustrious reputation, but this is an up and coming bodega to watch, and in a few years time we will all be happy that we put some of their early vintages away in our cellars!
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