Tempranillo Blanco, Institutional Wine of the DOCa Rioja for 2024

Martínez Lacuesta Tempranillo Blanco 2023, Institutional Wine of the DOCa Rioja for 2024.

17 Jun 2024 |

The Control Board has selected in a blind tasting our Tempranillo Blanco 2023 as the institutional wine of the Denomination of Origin Calificada Rioja for 2024 in the category of Generic White Wine. Our white wine will represent the Designation at all its institutional events throughout the year.

It is a wine that brings together all the expressiveness of a variety that seduces from its unusual and extraordinary origin. 100% Tempranillo blanco que demuestra claramente su pureza, finura y personalidad. A unique wine.

A balanced, expressive and persistent wine that is called to lead a new identity. Surprising.

151 wines from 48 wineries
In total, 151 wines from 48 DOCa wineries took part in the blind tasting carried out to select the institutional references. The tasting panel was formed by a mixed committee of experts from the sector.

The eight wines chosen are a sample of the great diversity of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin and are presented with the Council’s corporate labels, expressly designed for each of the categories.

The final result of the selection in each of the categories was as follows:
GENEROUS WHITE WINE 2023: Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta, S.A. from Haro (La Rioja).
WHITE WINE FERMENTED IN BARRICA 2022: Bodegas Paco García, S.L. from Murillo de Río Leza (La Rioja).
GENEROUS ROSE WINE 2023: Bodega San Esteban Protomártir, S. Coop. de Murillo de Río Leza (La Rioja)
GENEROUS RED WINE 2023: Sance, S.C. de Baños de Ebro (Álava)
RED WINE CRIANZA 2021: Bodegas Marqués de Reinosa, S. Coop. de Autol (La Rioja)
RED WINE RESERVA 2020 : Bodegas Ramírez, S.L. (Ramírez de la Piscina) from San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja)
RED WINE GRAN RESERVA 2016 : Bardinet Wines, S.A.U. (Marqués del Puerto) de Fuenmayor (La Rioja)
SPARKLING WINE RESERVA 2019 : Bodegas Bilbainas S.A. de Haro (La Rioja)



Javier Bañales:
Tempranillo Blanco is a variety under continuous study since a mutation arose in the vineyard of Julito Maroto in Muriilo de Río Leza in 1986 or 1988, depending on the source. In Rioja there are about 700 ha.

It is a variety that allows us to have a lot of waist. You can make young wines to drink within the year, do barrel fermentation or even age them in wood.

In our house we have opted for the search for its most varietal component. No wood. It is the only wine of the winery that is not worked at all in wood. It is a wine with which we have gone to the Inox, two/three months on lees and from there to the bottle.

Nowadays, the use of clay, cement, concrete and wood is accepted, but one of the subjects that has not been studied as much in the world of wine is bottle ageing.

Both Pepe Hidalgo and Álvaro Martínez, our oenologist and fifth generation of the family, and myself have an obsession with bottle ageing. The bottle is considered as a conductor, a trainer, a coach… a point of union, the potter who polishes the wines. The magic of the bottle is for me as or more important than the barrel. In fact, you can intervene in the barrel. Once the bottle is corked… it is the genetics of the wine, the terroir that will bring it forward.

We look for the fresh part because when you demand too much of it, it sometimes runs the risk of turning green on the nose. Ours is quite faithful to the varietal concept, with that hint of banana, apple and white fruit. On the palate it is just what we expect.

It should be borne in mind that 98% of the genetic identity of Tempranillo Blanco remains the same as that of Tempranillo Tinto. So it has ageing potential, but we prefer to keep it that way, with a touch of freshness, vital and with that little fat, that caress that is very nice, very varietal”.