Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries who pushed for modernity in Rioja, is the man behind this project. His idea was to regain the region's essence based on the great wines of yesteryear. From this point of view, De Gregorio is a staunch defender of terroir, starting from village wines up to the most renowned vineyards.
His flagship red and bearer of the winery's name, Finca Allende (around €16 in Spain), is a Tempranillo from the village of Briones, where the winery is located. It carries the house signature: ripe grapes, considerable concentration and a judicious use of (mostly French) oak. Aurus (€140) is Allende's most ambitious card, inspired in the classic Riojas from the 40s and conceived to withstand time. It is made from old Tempranillo and Graciano vines planted on calcareous clay soils over gravel and facing north to capture the fresh Atlantic winds.
The range includes two pago-style labels presented in Burgundy bottles. Calvario (€80) is the opposite of Aurus: it is a rich red with seductive textures and explosive fruit and aromas. The white Mártires (€80) takes on the challenge of exposing the greatness of Viura in a style that is unsual for this variety and is very much in need of bottle evolution. Finca Allende (€16) is another barrel-fermented white made from Viura which manages to achieve what is sometimes a difficult balance between fruit and oak. Its good evolution in the bottle is underpinned by its great value for money.