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Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso worked together for a long time at Bodegas Palacio, specially during the modernisation led by Jean Gervais and consultant Michel Rolland. After the winery was sold to Hijos de Antonio Barceló, they decided to start their own project in 1998. The name of their wine is the result of joining their surnames - it certainly had a certain ring to it.

They started by renting facilities but later settled in their own winery in Ollauri. Their wine style has always been clear to them: Valenciso Reserva (20€) comes from Tempranillo old vines planted in Rioja Alta where sustainable or “reasoned” viticulture practices are observed. Wines are aged for 16 months in French oak barrels of which a third are renewed each year. Their efforts are focused on this wine, the only red they make. Although the result in the glass offers hints of modernity, Valenciso never betrays its Riojan origins having thus found a comfortable and spacious market area which pleases both experts and winelovers.

Valenciso also makes a barrel-fermented white (16€). It is a blend of Viura and Garnacha Blanca, which adds a richer te...

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