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New Rioja at Regional Wines

Did you know that Rioja accounts for 30% of the export volume of Spanish DO (geographical indication) wines?
The northern Spanish wine region is by far the best known of all wine areas on the Iberian Peninsula and we have been searching for a range of Riojas that clearly shows the step up between reserva and gran reserva wines and with that thought in mind, we have bought a bunch of beauties from Bodegas Muriel.
The wines arrived in store this week and we are thrilled to have them.
It’s an old brand but a total newcomer here at Regional Wines & Spirits.
Bodegas Muriel was founded in 1926 by Don José Murúa Villaverde in the village of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa, an area that is well known for its chalky and clay-sandy soils. These soils retain moisture during the winter months and, because they are so dense, they retain water, which then helps aid the vines in their growing season during summer when rainfall is low. 
The wines of Bodegas Muriel are imported to New Zealand by MacVine International, which also specialises in some of the most outstanding German Rieslings available in this country and on our store shelves, but that’s another story. 
Come and check out these beautiful new Riojas, which are also super affordable from the modern Muriel Blanca, which is made from Spanish white grapes Viura (also known as Macabeo) and Verdejo (95%/5%) all the way up to the top reds.
 
Bodegas Muriel wines are on a barrel in our Spanish wine section… come in on and talk to the team about these stunners from Rioja.