This small producer, Vinedos de Calidad (“Village Winery”) labels their best wines under the name “Alex” – a tribute to the oldest son of the owner, Javier Cantarero. Based square on the border of Rioja and Navarra, Javier grows olives on his Rioja land, and grapes on his Navarra land (you can stand with one foot in Rioja and the other in Navarra). Wines from this part of the world enjoy plenty of Spanish sunshine, but complexity in the wines comes from what, to the naked eye, looks like impossible stone-strewn arid soil.

Winemaking is a passion that runs in the family, stretching back over 100 years. Javnier’s father and grandfather were both great winemakers, and he is continuing this rich family tradition.