Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi | Rioja Alavesa
Originally founded in 1985 as a co-operative of 13 growers, Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi, is located in Laguardia at the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. Collectively, the estate held 80 hectares of prime vineyard sites planted around the town, each with their own unique geological diversity. Recognising the potential of these wonderful vineyards winemaker Juan Carlos López de Lacalle purchased the entire business and estate in 1992 and immediately introduced a new philosophy and style of winemaking.
The vines on the estate are planted on nutrient poor soils, which encourage low yields, and see no chemical intervention. The winemaking is modern with an emphasis upon fruit driven wines characterised by the terroir of the single vineyard sites. French oak is used, not American, allowing the natural expression of the Tempranillo grape to shine through. At the winery gravity is used wherever possible to feed the vats, native yeasts used for the alcoholic fermentation and there is minimal use of sulphur. In short, sustainability is central to the philosophy behind these outstanding wines.