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Abel Mendoza Monge

This small winery is owned by Abel Mendoza (vine growing) and Maite Fernández (winemaking), a husband and wife team based in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Their wines are among the most interesting, rare and sought-after in Rioja, in part due to their aversion to all things related to wine guides, events and media. They are the equivalent of those Burgundian vignerons who lovingly tend their vines to create personal wines which are faithful expressions of terroir.

Established in 1988, the winery owns 17 hectares of organic vines in San Vicente and adjoining villages. Jarrarte was the initial brand, but it is now reserved for the young red wine. Other bottlings are sold under the Abel Mendoza name.

White wines are particularly interesting, specially given the limited size of the vineyard. Single varietal bottlings include Viura, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca, Torrontés, Tempranillo Blanco and a blend of all five varieties. They are all fermented and raised in French oak for five months. Abel Mendoza Malvasía has citrus and fine smoked notes, good volume in the palate and a pleasant combination of sweet and acid nuances. Garnacha Blanca shows a meaty character and abundant ripe white fruit. Although slightly less defined, Abel Mendoza Torrontés has a unique character as it is one of the few -if not the only one- single varietal of the rare Torrontés in Rioja.

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  • Jarrarte Tinto MC

    Jarrarte Tinto MC

    Not to be mixed up with Abel Mendoza’s Jarrarte which is aged in oak.

    Abel Mendoza Jarrarte Maceración Carbónica (carbonic maceration) is a red wine made in the D.O.C.a Rioja by Abel Mendoza Monje in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

    A lively and young wine marked by its explosion of flavours. This young wine stands out from the rest of young Rioja, showing a different personality. This lively and fruity wine, perfectly reveals the quality of the grapes that compose it, playing a magnificent symphony of colour, aroma and flavour.


    Colour: A great, deep red colour

    Nose: Intense, super-ripe black cherries, liqourice and violet hints.

    Taste: Spicy finish

  • Jarrarte Blanco 2019

    Jarrarte Blanco 2019

    Jarrarte Blanco is a young white wine produced by Abel Mendoza, from La Rioja.

    Abel Mendoza and his wife Maite Fernández gather the attributes of a great winegrower. Attachment to their land, passion for their vineyards, wisdom accumulated by experience, respect for tradition and an intense love for their work. In 1989 they labelled their first Jarrarte Maceración Carbónica, (also available in Malta) made from vineyards located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja). Today they present their new Jarrarte Blanco 2018, a coupage of Viura and Malvasía with a small amount of White Torrontés and White Grenache. An initial and fresh white wine ideal as an aperitif glass or accompanying a spring and a summer meal.

  • Jarrarte Crianza

    Jarrarte Crianza

    Abel Mendoza Jarrarte Crianza is a red wine produced in the D.O.C.a Rioja by Abel Mendoza Monje in San Vicente de la Sonsierra from 100% Tempranillo.

    An expressive, mature red wine, with a medium body. With a good integration of fruit and wood. A gem affordable to all.


    Colour: Bright / Picota cherry red / Opaque / Intense / Clean / Purplish glints

    Nose: Toasty notes / Ripe fruit / Complex / Highly aromatic / Fruit aromas / Oak wood

    Taste: Powerful / Persistent / Long / Warm