Mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo with a particularly high percentage (10-12%) of the white varieties Viura and Malvasía Riojana. From Magana’s oldest parcels, 75 to 90-year-old bushvines in pure limestone, worked entirely by horse. Fermented with indigenous yeast in open-top wood vats with whole bunches as vintage allows. Raised for about a year in used 500L barrels.
Diego Magana is already one of the hottest names in the new generation of young Spanish winemakers, and as great as his wines are, he’s only just getting started.Son of Juan Magana, whose Vina Magana estate in Navarra has achieved iconic status over the last four decades, Diego began working alongside his father at the family bodega in the mid-2000s, but in 2014, his love of the wines of Bierzo and his close friendship with Bierzo superstar Raul Perez inspired him to strike out on his own, producing tiny quantities of his own Bierzo-DO wines in a corner of Raul’s bodega.As a native of Navarra, though, and therefore a next-door neighbor to Rioja, he had long cherished dreams of extending his own winemaking into that hallowed district as well. His family had always owned vines in Alfaro, the chief town of Rioja Baja (or Oriental), but Diego’s love had always been for the nervier, higher-altitude wines of the Alavesa district. It was initially difficult
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