Somontano 's Bodegas Olvena will supply the Olvena range, which will initially target the independent trade, priced £5.99 - £17.99. The family-owned Bodegas Olvena, founded in 1999, produces wines exclusively from its 240ha estate and the tie-up marks its first serious foray into the UK market.
Winemaker José Luis Ruiz has worked in both Rioja and Somontano and has taken a contemporary approach to the wines while maintaining a strong Spanish identity from Tempranillo and Garnacha.
Rather than the traditional crianza, reserva and gran reserva offering, Olvena's reds offer blends with individual character - Coupage is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet and Merlot and Hache is blend of Garnacha and Syrah. Whites include Chardonnay and a Gewürztraminer.
Wines from another Somantano winery, Bodegas Irius, are due to hit the UK off-trade through 10 International. They include Disuperi rosé, a Garnacha/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot , and a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet.