It might be a cliché but it's true - wines are all about people. In this case the person in question, or at least the one who led us to these cracking wines from Rioja, is an old friend from Yorkshire, a Leeds United fan but otherwise very much focused on reality!
We were introduced to the winemaking team at Bodega Luis Alegre, Alejandro (Alex) Simo Gomez & Marta Gallego Ezquerro, in December 2012. Alex studied oenology before working for Radoux and selling some of the world's finest wine barrels to customers in Spain and Portugal. He then set up the Rioja based cooperage Quercus before becoming part owner, chief cook and bottle washer at Luis Alegre.
Marta is daughter of the legendary La Rioja Alta winemaker who created classic wines such as Viña Ardanza Reserva, Viña Alberdi Crianza & 904 Gran Reserva. She is a modern thinking, classically trained winemaker who seeks elegance, structure and balance in her wines, with plenty of fruit, natural acidity and minerality as touchstones.
The winery sits beneath the ancient walls of the beautiful village of Laguardia and the team are passionate exponents of Rioja Alavesa, so much so they would almost be willing to lose the Rioja badge in favour of this far more specific identity. We are very proud to say that our wines from Luis Alegre, our Seda Vermella range, are available exclusively from Las Bodegas.