“Martin Alonso has worked hard and organically in the vineyard to respect the soil and the environment while producing true great Rioja Joven.”
The soils in La Rioja and Navarra share common features like the soil composition - Alluvial, Ferruginous Clay, and Calcareous Clay. Rioja Alta sub-region is well known for its high-quality wines with vines thriving on calcareous clay soils. La Rioja is a fertile land in the Ebro river valley, which flows through the region from west to east, enclosed by two mountain ranges.
History / Ethos
Bodega Martin Alonso was created in the Cidacos Valley in 1992. This land is located at around 600-700 meters above sea level, but due to the Cidacos Valley influence and the microclimate of this area it's possible to grow vines. Martin Alonso and his partner Gloria Plaza Medina farm organically 20 small plots across 12 acres in the Rioja Baja Subregion. Their method is an eclectic one open to new ideas. Based on 22 years of experience, and after several fails and successes and above all, a long learning time, Martin Alonso has achieved a simple and effective method that improves and regenerates the soil. From these grapes he produces a classic Rioja without oak - Viña Ilusion.