Campo Viejo is already a popular choice in our household, with their Rioja being one of my ultimate favourites and so when I learned that they had launched a brand new wine, called the ‘Winemakers’ Blend,’ I was so excited to try it. There is a good reason they are the UK’s No.1 Spanish wine brand!
What is extra special about the ‘Winemakers’ Blend’ is that it is curated by Campo Viejo’s female winemaking trio– Elena Adell, Elena Suárez and Irene Pérez. Each winemaker brings their own unique influence on the expressive blend, which combines three of Spain’s most vibrant varietals – Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal. I am all for celebrating and supporting female led initiatives, especially after my 2 weeks spent as a UN Delegate. Women are making waves and they need to be amplified!
Elena Suárez’s energy and curiosity are a reflection of a new winemaking generation, whilst Irene Pérez’s scientific background brings technical rigour and balance. Both are complemented by chief winemaker, Elena Adell’s knowledge of Spanish wine innovation and new varietal exploration. That in itself is the perfect blend of talents!
I was grateful to have been given the opportunity to try the Winemakers’ Blend ahead of its official launch, with a very tasty selection of Vegan Tapas curated from The Sister Table to pair it with during a virtual supper club called ‘Raise your glass high.’
The tapas was all super easy to prepare and I indulged in Padron Peppers, Shakshuka with a delicious vegan Feta cheese and Pan Con Tomate whilst listening to some really fascinating and inspiring women at the virtual supper club, hosted by The Receipts Podcast and Apprentice 2018 Winner, Sian Gabbidon alongside The Sister Table.
It happened to be a gorgeous warm sunny day and so I tuned in from my garden, and my first impressions on tasting the wine was that it had a lovely, deep aroma. It is an expressive wine that combines Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal, with each grape bringing a different dimension to a nuanced and smooth blend, that is very very easy to drink and a real pleasure to enjoy, especially on a lovely day paired with some scrumptious food. I will definitely be picking up more bottles to enjoy this summer to share with friends and family!
I got some tasting notes of red berries and cherry with a little bit of spice. I can imagine this also pairing well with a selection of cheese, cold meats as well as hearty rice dishes such as Paella, or even chicken or meat dishes. They recommend pairing it with beef, pasta, chicken, salmon, fresh light cheeses (e.g., mozzarella, feta, ricotta and young goat cheese), as well as vegetarian options such as shakshuka.
It was such a fantastic and inspiring evening with the different hosts discussing sisterhood, business progression, passion and creativity. One of the standout quotes from the evening for me was by Tolani of The Receipts Podcast who said:
“I teach the world how to treat me.”
I also found Sian Gabbidon’s insights on how she championed herself as a mixed race woman in a male dominated industry really interesting.
I had a wonderful time and I really really enjoyed the Winemakers’ Blend. Bravo Campo Viejo! This new wine is a true delight and is bound to be a bestseller!
The new Campo Viejo Winemakers’ Blend is available in Tesco from 5th April, followed by Ocado later in April and Morrisons from 17th May, at £8.25 RRP.
I was a guest of Campo Viejo but all views and photos are my own.