DOC Rioja Genoli Blanco
'100% Viura, this is fine, herb scented stuff, not too Kiwi Sauvignon-like (a relief in a sea of those emanating from northern Spain) with great apple punch and vibrancy. Nice in its less flamboyant, honest and refreshingly direct style - and delicious.' 87 points, The Wine Gang (2011 vintage)
Comprising 80 hectares of vineyards planted around Logroño, San Vicente de la Sonsierre and Valle del Oja, the innovative Viña Ijalba was the very first organically certified estate in La Rioja (1994). The vines are planted on abandoned opencast mines where the thin, stony soils ensure that yields are kept low and the quality of the fruit is high. The estate was also the first to make a single varietal rioja from the graciano grape in 1995.