Discovery Tasting 2

Revolution in Rioja: Remírez de Ganuza’s Pioneering Wines  


Saturday 11th November | 2:15pm - 3pm


Price: £55 per ticket
Time: 2:15pm - 3pm
Speaker: Jose Ramón Urtasun, Owner


Remírez de Ganuza based in Samaniego, Álava, is one of Spain’s most innovative wine producers and has more than 80 hectares of prized vineyards across several sites in the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains.

Founder Fernando Remírez de Ganuza originally worked as a vineyard broker in Rioja Alavesa, giving him intricate knowledge of suitable plots for his namesake winemaking project, established in 1989. He also introduced a series of new techniques, from meticulous grape selection and cold rooms to a novel extraction method.

Jose Ramón Urtasun, the winery’s current owner, will lead a tasting of gems from the cellars, including Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 and Trasnocho 2010, plus magnums of Rioja Reserva 2012 and complex white wine Gran Reserva Blanco ‘Olagar’ 2015. Join us to learn more about the winery and its pioneering approaches.



  • Remírez de Ganuza, Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2012
  • Remírez de Ganuza, Gran Reserva, Rioja Spain 2005
  • Remírez de Ganuza, Trasnocho 2010
  • Remírez de Ganuza, UV , Rioja, Spain 2020
  • Remírez de Ganuza, Iraila Garnacha, Rioja, Spain 2021
  • Remírez de Ganuza, Blanco Gran Reserva Olagar, Rioja, Spain 2015

Jose Ramon Urtasun joined Remírez de Ganuza in 2010, the project founded by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza 21 years earlier. With no previous experience in winemaking, he spent the first years observing and learning, and ended up falling in love with Remírez de Ganuza ́s philosophy, taking even further the love and respect for the vines and the winemaking process.

Today he leads the winery alongside Jesús Mendoza, Remírez de Ganuza's chief winemaker for more than 20 years. Jose Ramon Urtasun oversees every aspect of the winery's operations, from winemaking and commercial strategies, to marketing and