Secret riojas – Zones 5 to 8

Sinodo Gorka Etxebarria, Roberto Monforte and Juan Antonio Blanco

The last of our three tasting articles devoted to Ferran's finds among the less-celebrated bodegas of Rioja, in Zones 5, 6, 7 and 8. See also his detailed accounts of Zones 1 and 2 and Zones 3 and 4, and an overview in Rioja's secret wines. Above: the team behind Sínodo, who produced some of Ferran's favourite riojas.

A description of each zone is followed by tasting notes on wines tasted from that zone, grouped by style/colour. Within each group the wines are listed alphabetically by producer (sur)name but you can change this.

Zone 5 –