Accompaniment to pizza (except pizza with artichokes), Valencian paella.
This vineyard Bodegas Artuke is located in the part of Rioja, which is called Alavesa, and administratively belongs to the Basque Country. It's very traditional Rioja. Fresh and bright aromas of violets, cherries, undergrowth and meadow grasses. This wine will only benefit if before serving it to cool a little longer than it is accepted for red wines.
History of wine
The vineyard is planted on cretaceous soil. The first vines were planted in 1902 but grew without tying. It was customary at the time, in the form of "tapestry", so vines were formed as a bush on the stem. Vines gradually were replanted, but the planting system was kept, Now, the vines planted in 2005 grow in the same way. Grapes are harvested by hand, then the berries are carefully sorted and whole clusters sent to the fermentation vat. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks with natural yeast, followed by maceration for 3 months.
In 1991, after years of working their family-owned vineyards and caring for the vines, Miguel Blanco, with his wife Conchi, followed their passion and began to bottle their own wine. Over the years, their sons, Arturo and Kike, have become involved, taking on much of the Winery’s responsibilities. “Artuke” is a blended version of the brothers’ names. The farm owns 22 hectares of vineyards, divided into 32 parcels in Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. All of them are close to each other, but the differences of the microclimate, soil composition and orientation to the cardinal directions are great enough so that the nature of wines from each site is different. Not all of them are bottled separately, in the line of the bodega, there are only 6 wines. In Artuke wines are divided into two categories: Vinos de Pueblo ("village-styled") and Vinos de Parcela (a single vineyard)"Village-styled" — wines that produced in a very old-fashioned way: sometimes including grapes that crushed barefoot. "A single vineyard" type consists of three wines, Finca De Los Locos and El Escolladero, both a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano from the selected sites and Tempranillo Paso Las Mañas.