Two new wines are being added to the Faustino Rioja collection for the first time in six years. The first is a Crianza created as a quality wine for every day drinking, the second is a top of the range Faustino de Autor, retailing at £18.99. This is against a background of increasing grape prices in Rioja. Last year production in the region was down 11%, while turnover was up 19%. The growth areas are Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. The value of young wines from the region has declined by 20%, but they still account for 50% of exports. The UK is one of the first markets to receive the two new Faustino wines and their introduction will be supported by tastings and promotional activity. In this country the Rioja market is dominated by Crianzas. The Faustino de Crianza 1996 will retail at £7.99. The Faustino de Autor is made predominantly from tempranillo grapes harvested from 40 year old vines. This is the first wine made from the yield of this vineyard. Faustino is part of the portfolio of Maxxium, a joint venture between Jim Beam Brands, Remy Cointreau and Highland Distillers, which came into existence this month. {{DRINKS }}

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