Bodegas Alceño was founded in 1870. Now in its fourth generation, the family continues the tradition of winemaking in the Jumilla region on the east coast of Spain, but with a modern twist.
The region is known for its hot summers, ripe grapes and high-alcohol, intense wines. What sets Alceño's wines apart is the altitude at which their organic grapes grow. At up to 900m above sea level, they ripen more gradually than their plain-dwelling counterparts, which stops flavours getting too baked or jammy in the wine.
In the winery, this fruit (85% Monastrell, 15% Syrah) is treated to the best modern winemaking techniques, with both French and American oak used for ageing. It's super-fruity with plenty of heft, but so well balanced by lively tannins. Yum yum Jumilla.