La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta produces some of the finest, traditional styled Riojas that offer exceptionally good value.  This is never truer than in a vinatge like 2015 where ideal growing conditions throughout enabled perfect ripening and optimal selection during picking.

Without a doubt, 2015 is one of the best vintages ever for us in Rioja.” 
Julio Saenz, Head Winemaker

“La Rioja Alta has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the region’s best, most traditionally made wines, across the range... The entry-level wines are among Rioja’s best values.” 
Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Released today at just £168 per 6, the "utterly delicious" 2015 Vina Arana Gran Reserva is already an absolute knockout but will continue to develop in bottle for many years to come.  Elegant and complex with fine tanins and a velvety mouthfeel.  The moreish palate offers ripe red fruit, sweet spice, chocolate and coffee all leading to a vibrant long finish.  Exceptional quality and value, the 2015 has already been highly rated by leading critics.

Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.
Neal Martin


This is a fantastic opportunity to buy a perfectly stored, ready to drink wine of real complexity, without either having to wait or pay a fortune for the privilege.


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"Brilliant ruby. Energetic, spice- and smoke-accented black raspberry and candied cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of rose oil, coconut and cured tobacco. Youthfully chewy and focused on entry, offering concentrated red and dark berry, cherry cola and candied licorice flavors that deepen steadily with air. Floral pastille and oak spice notes linger on the impressively long, smoke-tinged finish, which shows excellent clarity and polished tannins.
94 |  Josh Raynolds, Vinous

"Aromas of dark plum, raspberry, mocha, mushroom, chocolate, mocha, coconut and cigar box. Full-bodied with ripe, fine tannins and bright acidity. Balanced and supple with a velvety texture. Coffee notes on the long, succulent finish. 95% tempranillo and 5% graciano. Drink or hold.
95 |  James Suckling

"Graciano helps our Gran Reservas to age," says Julio Sáenz of this blend with 94% Tempranillo. Still youthful, this is a classic expression of the perfumed, American oak influenced La Rioja Alta style, with notes of coconut and sweet baking spices, fine tannins and refreshing underlying acidity. Drink 2023-2030.
94 |  Tim Atkin MW

"coconut cream, vanilla and mocha nose. Smooth and mellow on the rich and velvety palate with lots of sweet spices, dates and chocolate-covered currants.  Long-lasting and utterly delicious.
96 |  Decanter