In a nutshell: A youthful, fruity and refreshing rosé Rioja.
The lowdown: Bodegas Ontañon make some outstandingly good value Riojas and this rosado is a perfect example. Made from 85% Tempranillo, the classic Rioja grape variety and 15% Garnacha it's macerated for just 8 hours to extract just enough colour while keeping the tannins low. It's then fermented as a white wine would be. The result is a classic 'strawberries and cream' summer rosé, with a lovely fruit character and hint of spiciness on the finish. It's one of our longstanding favourites and remains very good value.
When to drink: It's great with food - think white meats, pasta and seafood - and just as good all by itself.
The Pérez Cuevas family has been connected to the vineyard for more than 80 years. Even then, they made it in their hermitage-type winery in the Quel Bodegas neighbourhood, following a tradition of more than 300 years.
Over time, they felt the need to share their Cult of Wine with the rest of the world. They founded Ontañón - Temple of Wine in Logroño, a unique winery where our wines ripen watched by gods and mythological heroes in the form of massive sculptures, stained glass and paintings.