The Spanish Artadi Winery estate was created in 1985 by the visionary and dynamic winemaker, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle. His objective was to seek and nurture the concept that Tempranillo, when cultivated at high altitude, low-cropped and from old vines, produces extraordinarily rich and profound wines. This, coupled with specific barrel treatments (with minor American oak influences) produces some of Rioja’s best wines. Artadi is about purity of extracted fruit with almost Burgundian textures. In fact, critics have often compared these wines to the top wines of Chambolle-Musigny and other top appellations of Burgundy. The key to this level of elegance comes from the cold winds of the Pyrenees which blow from the north. This coupled with moderate temperatures tend to make these wines a study in elegance and power. They are some of the most extraordinary examples of Tempranillo in the world.
Artadi Winery's top Rioja, El Pison 2004, which recently earned the perfect 100-points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. That of course means the wine is extremely difficult to find, and prices for it have soared to over £200 per bottle. However, the excellent Rioja Viñas de Gain despite its 94-point rating can be purchased much more reasonably.
Ctra. Logrono, s/n
01300 Laguardia. Alava
Tel: +34 945600119
Fax: +34 945600850