Viña Illusion 'Prana' 2014
Rioja - Spain
The wine's story
Something interesting is happening in the heart of Spain’s premier wine region. La Rioja is renowned across the globe as the home of prestigious, traditional, time-honoured wineries, which produce wines from Tempranillo grapes of exemplary quality. However, times are changing, and wine drinkers today are increasingly concerned with authenticity over prestige, expression over intervention. As such, certain wineries within the region are beginning to break free from convention and tradition, and are beginning to make the sorts of wines they believe best represent the land they work with. Leading the pack is Prana - named after the Sanskrit word for breath - a low-intervention winery keen to reinvigorate Rioja wines and reach out to a new generation of wine enthusiasts.
The winery is run by founders Martin Alonso and Gloria Plaza, two dedicated vintners whose mission it is to express the true nature of Rioja’s finest terroirs. In order to achieve this goal, Alonso and Plaza traveled the world, picking up tips and seeking out examples from the globe’s leading natural wineries. They found the true inspiration for Prana in Japan, where they met the ‘do nothing’ wine pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka, and brought his principles back to Rioja. The results were - and continue to be - a hit: Tempranillo wines which put fruit and soil above oak and interference, and which are proving to be an inspiration for the region as a whole. Something interesting is happening in the heart of Spain’s premier wine region. La Rioja is renowned across the globe as the home of prestigious, traditional, time-honoured wineries, which produce ... read more
It is rare to find pure, low-alcohol, unadulterated wine from Rioja. While the region has the most illustrious reputation of all wine regions in Spain, many of the wines are still weighed down with excess oak and dull fruit.
The very opposite of this is what makes the Rioja of Viña Ilusion so exciting; their wine is simply the essence of their vineyard and the way it’s farmed.
Martin Alonso and Gloria Plaza founded Viña Ilusion in 1992, and their 5 hectare vineyard is at one of the highest elevations of the region. They overlook the land, drawing inspiration from the writings of Masanobu Fukuoka, the author of the The One Straw Revolution and pioneer of “do-nothing” farming.
The wine is dominated by pure, wild strawberry fruits with a lick of dusty leather and pepper. The wine hasn’t seen any oak, and so maintains its aciidty and has a juiciness that is perfect for the warmer weather.
Drink on its own or pair with gently-spiced tapas, cured meats or salads. It is rare to find pure, low-alcohol, unadulterated wine from Rioja. While the region has the most illustrious reputation of all wine regions in Spain, many of the wines are still weighed down with... read more
This Tempranillo wine is slightly lighter in body than is typical for the region, due to the more natural way it has been produced. As such, the flexibility it offers as a food pairing wine is second to none, and we can afford to be far more experimental and bold with our matches. While most Rioja wines get paired with the bold, grilled meats associated with Spanish cuisine, we would suggest pairing this wine with Cajun flavours, strong fish dishes, chilli chicken or even hamburgers. Of course, it would also be a great pairing for traditional northern Spanish dishes, too, but don’t be afraid to follow the winemaker’s example, and think outside the box. This Tempranillo wine is slightly lighter in body than is typical for the region, due to the more natural way it has been produced. As such, the flexibility it offers as a food pairing wine is seco... read more
3-5 years - This will improve over the next few years, but don't be afraid to open it today!