One of the traditional obstacles for any grape grower wanting to become a winemaker in Rioja was that to become a Bodega, one had to own a certain number of barrels. Today, the entire classification system is based around the notion that ageing in barrels equates to quality.
And yet some of the most beautiful wines we have tasted are those young wines, still exuberant with fruit, freshness and energy. Moreover, some of the most disappointing wines are those overly oaked wines where you can barely determine the fruit that once was there.
deAlto is different. We start by selecting fruit in the vineyard - pristine fruit whose attributes are perfectly aligned with the styles of wine we love to make (and drink). Carefully picked and sensitively vinified, we aim to preserve fruit, are not afraid of tannin and acidity (they make wine tasty) and use oak to complement, not swamp the fruit.
deAlto wines are released when we think you would like to drink them, not when the authorities say that we should. As a result, some of our best wines may not fall within the traditional Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva regime.