I’ve been exploring different regions and varietals, so lately I’ve been stuck in Spain. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres of vines planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation and the third largest producer of wine in the world. The other night, I sipped on some Bodegas Faustino VII Rioja 2015.
From Eleuterio Martínez Arzok to the fourth generation, which currently leads the winery, Bodegas Faustino brings more than 150 years of tradition and expertise to the world of wine.
Located in Oyón, Rioja Alavesa, Bodegas Faustino began its exporting endeavors in the 1960s with a first shipment to Austria. Today, it sells its wines in more than 70 countries across the world. Its main market is the European Union, which accounts for more than 70% of exports. Bodegas Faustino is the most sold DOCa Rioja Gran Reserva in the world, with nearly 40% of wine sales in its category.
The land of Rioja Alavesa offers exceptional qualities, a chalky-clay soil and an optimum microclimate bring a unique quality to the grape varieties that grow there. Love and respect for nature are two of the pillars on which the philosophy of the winery is based. Also, the vineyard has incorporated a new, environmentally-friendly grape growing practice to make the vineyards increasingly sustainable.
Upon pouring it into the glass, I can see that the wine is ruby red in color and has an earthy, cherry aroma. It’s a smooth sipper with berry, vanilla, and oak notes. It’s nicely balanced in acidity and tannins. It’s delightful and a great value. I found it online for $13.99. I paired it with a plate of charcuterie and an evening with friends. Cheers!