Rioja Vega Tempranillo Blanco

An exclusive grape variety that is a mutation of the original red Tempranillo grape. Its turning heads and looks set to be the number one grape in White Rioja in the coming years.
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Rich, rounded and full flavoured
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Rioja Vega

Initially started as the dream of one man, Don Felipe Ugalde in 1882, this winery has seen ongoing growth and development over the years. Don’s aim was simple, to be one of the countries most prestigious Bodega’s. Although his winery passed down the family line, it was through marriage that it became united with Bodegas Muerza, hence losing its identity. Today it is owned by the group Principe de Viana who acquired it in 1983 providing investment in new equipment, staff and in 2001 a new winery, 10km outside Logrono, complete with an underground ageing cellar. The new cellars incorporated modern equipment such as self-weighing hoppers, pneumatic presses and self-emptying stainless steel vats. This level of development has allowed not only the fruit from their own vineyards to be processed but also that of surrounding contract growers so that it has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, complex, expressive, with intense notes of tropical fruits and white flowers over delicate aromas of herbs. Unctuous and sweet attack on the mouth which develops into fresh citrus flavours. A subtle silky texture from the ageing on its fine lees in French oak barrels. A complex wine which will keep well for many years to come.

Food Matches

We love this wine with a pan fried tuna steak with coriander, chilli and lime.


Alcoholic fermentation and ageing on its fine lees in French oak barrels for a total of six months.

Press Comments

93 Points - The Drinks Business Rioja Masters Awards. Top 100 Wines: Wines from Spain, 2019. 90 points: Guia Penin. Tim Atkin, 90 points, February 2021. 92 points, Decanter May 2021, Spain's Indigenous Whites: Sweet oak character and lemon sherbet fruit on the nose. Palate is very well balanced with spicy oak, lovely creamy texture, very fresh acidity and a long finish."