Family owned Herencia Martinez- Alvarez Bodega in Rioja Alta- Cosechero/Bodegero

An unexpected visit to Fuenmayor, La Rioja, to pick up some wine from a local vineyard spurred a visit to this country winery; the owner showed us everything from the press onward in his production, and he even allowed us to taste the 2010 harvest that was still fermenting. This experience was such a stark contrast to that of Marqués de Cáceres, a huge well-known international winery in Cenicero, but visits like these are what I live for.  It’s in this way one really gets to see what people who live, eat, drink, and sleep wine are like.

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