Bodega Pago de Larrea

We have some great new vintages in stock from our favourite boutique organic Rioja producer, the Bodega Pago de Larrea, where quality rather than quantity is the maxim, including the 2016 vintage of the Caecus Rioja Crianza and the 2019 vintage of Caecus Verderon Rioja Blanco.

Larrea's Verderon was awarded the Best value white wine of the year by Tim Atkin MW in his annual Rioja report. It is a wonderful oak-aged white Rioja fermented and aged for five months in barrel, resting on its lees, before bottling to gain extra complexity. The Caecus Rioja Crianza is Larrea's top Rioja, which is only made in the finest vintages - a complex, extended oak-aged Rioja style.

Bodega Pago de Larrea is a perfectly situated 15.5 hectare vineyard planted in 1980 and privately owned by the Larrea family who were co-founders of Vina Salceda. The vines are protected from harsh winds and rain by a limestone ridge to the north, and border the River Ebro to the south, dividing the Rioja Alavesa from the Rioja Alta.

Owner/winemaker Luis Larrea produces beautifully crafted wines with hands-on contact from the growing of the grapes to the bottling. By contrast, the great majority of Rioja from the famous traditional bodegas are made in huge quantities with very little terroir identity. Luis' wines have an individual character and greater dimension than some of the bigger names, while maintaining a distinctive Rioja profile, and avoiding the over-extracted 'international' style of many new-wave Riojas.

The name 'Caecus' given to the wines derives from the Latin for Elciego meaning 'the blind man'.