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Spanish wine merchant Ramón Bilbao launches organic wines in UK market

Spanish wine producer Ramn Bilbao has launched its first organic wine range in the UK market, including Rioja red and Lueda white wines.

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Ramn Bilbao"s organic red wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Grenache from Monte Yerga, 600 meters above sea level in Rioja Oriental, where higher altitude means easier fungal control and less need for chemical treatment.

Meanwhile, the estate's Lueda Blanc uses fruit from the organic plots of the Finca las Amedias vineyard in Ramn Bilbao, which is located next to the winery. Both of these organic wines are priced at £10.

Ramn Bilbao is the first Spanish winery to sign up to the Winery Climate Protection Program in 2017 and has a long history of organic wine production.

Using precise viticulture plans that combine data from weather stations and drones with in-house knowledge to help achieve sustainability goals means producers can identify vineyards that are suitable for organic farming.

Organic viticulture in Rioja is challenging, with certified vineyards representing only 2% of the total plantings.

Chief winemaker Rodolfo Bastida admits:The rainy climate and hot temperatures mean you need higher altitudes to get fresh air, and the naturally large amount of grapes in Tempranillo makes the variety more susceptible to fungus.

According to recent Nielsen data, Ramn Bilbao is now one of the fastest growing Rioja wine brands outside the UK trade.