Owner Juan Lópezde la Callehas been surrounded by old vines and great wines since early childhood when he used to accompany his grandfather during harvest time in Rioja. Now, producing wines made from the single most important variety of an appellation, working with estate-grown fruit and developing a team of viticulturalexperts that respect the traditions and climate of a particular region are Artadi’sfundamental keys to success.
Artadicultivates their Tempranillovineyards in Rioja to produce wines with singularity and personality; freshness of fruit and smooth tannins are their special qualities.
Located with Rioja Alavesa, at one of the highest points in Spain, Artadi’svineyards surround the medieval village of Laguardia, at an altitude of 1,890 feet. This area of Rioja is typically known for producing wines that are lighter and aromatic. In a climate moderately influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and protected by the strong, cool winds of the northerly Sierra Cantabria mountain range, Artadi’s70 hectares of vines grow in sandy, clay and calcium-rich alluvial soils. By performing integrated and environ-mentally respectful viticulturalpractices where chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used, and carrying out a green harvest and dropping fruit when needed, the Artaditeam ensures their Tempranilloto be some of the best in the world.
With their ViñaEl Pisónand PagosViejos, Artadihas established a history of excellence and quality, receiving consistent scores of over 90 points in the last decade, including 100 points from the Wine Advocatefor the 2004 Viñael Pisón. The winery’s Viñasde Gain also demonstrates the potential, quality and balance of a great Rioja