El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker César Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand picking into 350 kilogram crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine
condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the
The Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes were sourced from the high-altitude vineyards in Rioja Oriental, vineyards are over 750
metres above sea level. The Viura grapes were mainly sourced from Rioja Alta, from limestone and clay soils. VINIFICATION
The Rioja Blanco is fermented at 14-18ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, to preserve aromas and retain freshness. No malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place and the wine is bottled without ageing to maximise freshness and crisp acidity.
Pale yellow in colour, the wine is dry and fresh on the palate with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is
fresh and fruity with hints of melon. This is a zingy, lively wine.
SILVER OUTSTANDING - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018