We first met Bryan MacRobert in Albert Ahrens' cellar at Wildepaardejacht near Paarl, where he was making his Swartland wines that vintage. For most of the time though Bryan is based in Logroño, where he lives with his family, quietly and passionately rallying for a return to a fresher, elegant - and to him as well as a growing band of others, more authentic - style of wine from Rioja, including under the new single-vineyard classification.
He's no stranger to Spain, having worked vintages for Eben Sadie in Priorat as well as being his assistant winemaker back home. The first Laventura vintage was as recently as 2013 but already the wines are causing a stir. Small parcels of old vines, inaccessible to most farm machinery and ploughed by mule. These are some of the most exciting wines to come out of this ultra-traditional region in many a year.