Finca Nueva is the second project of winemaker Miguel Ángel de Gregorio in Rioja. He likes to call them his “fun wines”, ready to be enjoyed as they reach the market, yet reflecting the region’s styles and categories at far more affordable prices than his well-established Finca Allende range.
The venture was notably reinforced in 2014 with the acquisition of Bodegas Bretón’s facilities in Navarrete (Rioja Alta). This is the winery where De Gregorio started his career as winemaker. He gained international recognition at the time thanks to the launch of Dominio de Conté, a key brand within the modern movement that took place in Rioja in the early 1990s.
Total production at Finca Nueva reaches 1.5 million bottles. Grapes are sourced from various villages in the right bank of the River Ebro like Fuenmayor, Navarrete, San Asensio and Briones. Miguel Ángel is particularly fond of this area given the northern exposure of most of the vineyards.
With a hummingbird adorning all Finca Nueva labels, the range starts with three young wines retailing at around €6 in Spain; a white Viura, a pale rosé made from Tempranillo using just the bleeding must from the hopper, and a fresh, fruit-driven red with just three months in oak called Finca Nueva Vendimia. A step higher is a barrel fermented Viura with good consistence and weight (€9.5) and three Tempranillos bearing the appellation’s traditional aging indication: Crianza (€9.5), Reserva (€14.5) and Gran Reserva (€18). The latter is intended to be released only in very good years. 2004 was the first vintage in the market; 2010 and 2015 will follow in the future.