Justerini & Brooks to distribute Raul Perez wines in the UK

Justerini & Brooks has added Bierzo producer Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez to its wine portfolio.

Winemaker Raul Perez began winemaking at his family estate Castro Ventosa before branching out and experimenting with his own projects in 2004. Perez is a widely respected viticulturalist known for his innovative and collaborative nature, and his continuous drive to protect historic vineyards in Spain’s northwest, according to Justerini & Brooks.

The UK fine wine importer will offer two Bierzo ranges, Ultreia and La Viscaina de Vinos, with access to the tiny-production bottlings from Ribeira Sacra: El Pecado and La Penitencia, and a white from Rias Baixas: Sketch Albarino.

Ultreia takes its name form the pilgrims’ greeting used on the Camino de Santiago, which passes through the Bierzo region. In this range Justerini & Brooks will offer an everyday red Mencia called Saint Jacques and a Godello. These will sit with a premium, single expression Ultreia de Valtuille; a deep, red Mencia-based wine from old vines in the Valtuille de Abajo village in the heart of the Bierzo region.

La Vizcaina reflects Bierzo’s varied and complex soil types and the quality of its old vines. The climate in the region is fresher and has more Atlantic influences, resulting in wines with a delicacy and brightness, along with qualities for “graceful ageing”.

The La Vizcaina project is comprised of single hillside vineyards with plantings of various local varieties, including Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet), Godello and Dona Blanca.

Mark Deaing, Justerini & Brooks’s Spain buyer, said: “Raúl Pérez is a bona fide winemaking icon and his ever-evolving range is one of the most consistently exciting in Spain. His arrival brings a new, innovative edge to our Spanish portfolio and we can’t wait to get going.”

Perez said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to embark on a new partnership in the United Kingdom with Justerini & Brooks. J&B is an historic importer in the UK with a fantastic trajectory and I’m very much looking forward to us working together for many years to come.”