While Rioja has the most illustrious reputation in winegrowing Spain, unfortunately the wines are often so overly manipulated that they have lost their sense of place. This is what makes the beautifully non-interventionist Rioja of Viña Ilusión so exciting; their wine is simply the essence of their vineyard and the way it’s farmed. Drawing inspiration from the writings of Masanobu Fukuoka, pioneer of “do-nothing” natural farming, Martin Alonso and Gloria Plaza planted their 5ha, limestone vineyard in 1992. Currently, they put all of their effort into one deliciously pure, unoaked, Tempranillo-based wine. It is destemmed, wild yeast fermented in tank, and bottled with minimal amounts of SO2 (around 35ppm).