D.O./Region: D.O. La Rioja
Address: Ctra. Logrono, s/n, 01300 Laguardia. Alava
Telephone: +34 945600119
Fax: +34 945600850
Email: i[email protected]
Hectares of Vines: 75 ha
Wine maker: Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle
Grape Varieties Grown: Tempranillo, Viura and Macabeo
Artadi Pagos Viejos
100% Tempranillo grown at high altitudes in French oak, and bottled without filtration. Made from 75-year old vines.
Artadi Vina El Pison
Planted by Juan Carlos’ grandfather in 1947, this 100% Tempranillo is grown at high altitudes in French oak, and bottled without filtration. It is made from a single vineyard planted in 1920 on pure chalk and limestone soils.
Artadi Grandes Anades
100% Tempranillo from 70 to 100-year old vines. Fermented and macerated for a long stretch of time before it is aged for 32 months in 100% new French oak casks.
Exports to the UK and USA: national market 40%, international market 60%
Description of Bodega:
Artadi originally began as a small co-operative in the 1980′s surrounded by the walled town of Laguardia in Alavesa. Winemaker, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, built the Artadi name by growing and elaborating the traditional Spanish grape varietal, Tempranillo, in high-altitude, chalky soils within Rioja. By the mid-1990s, Juan Carlos took over the property, joined hands with his partner Jean-Francoise, and has nurtured Bodega Artadi into a 75 ha powerhouse it is today.
Artadi wines are known for their simple, yet elegant structure. In addition to being made from the traditional Rioja varietals, Tempranillo and Viura, the wines are also elaborated and aged in small French oak barrels, benefiting from the tight barrel structure as opposed to stainless steel. 100% new oak is reserved for the top cuvees. A small percentage of the white varietals, Viura and Macabeo, are typically fermented alongside the red varieties.
One interesting tidbit to recognize about the Artadi wines is that the words “Crianza” and “Reserva” do not appear on Juan Carlos’s labels, as a result of his desire to not be associated with Rioja Alta. From my research, you may not even see the word “Rioja” soon, but merely, “Alvesa” on his labels.
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