I received this refreshing rosé as a sample from the lovely Li Valentine of The Wining Hour. This wine from Rioja is a blend of 75% Tempranillo and Garnacha with a touch of Garnacha Blanca. The addition of Garnacha blanc is new. Vivanco has recently added the white grape to the blend.
They note on their site that using this white grape makes the wine more traditional and close to wines called ‘clarete’ that are made with white grapes with a small amount of red grapes added.
I hadn’t had their previous iteration of this wine but I loved its fruity refreshing aromas and flavors. The wine also has texture which I like thanks lees aging. The grapes are grown on family owned vineyards in Rioja Alta. Rafael Vivanco Sáenz is the winemaker – the third generation of the family. The family also created a wine culture museum a concept that I love. Apparently the bottle shape comes from one that is in the museum. Another aspect of this winery that really delights me is their attention to children. As the mother of a small child, when I travel to a wine region with him, its not automatic that children are welcome to visit. I can’t wait to visit Rioja and Vivanco with my son now after having looked at how many activities they have thought of. I hope other wineries and regions take note.