Artadi Vinas de Gain
1985, Laguardia. A group of vine-growers, village men and women with rooted traditions and their focus on their vineyards and wines, found Artadi. Ever since that moment, Artadi has been seen as an iconic wine of Northern Spain. A leading producer in organic and biodynamic viticulture with the absolute minimum of human intervention, native spontaneous yeast fermentation, little to no sulphur used and a style that shunned the conventions of the Rioja DOQa region. Although based within the area of Alava, the Vinas de Gain follows a more Burgundian model. This is a ‘village’ wine made from grapes sourced from 11 vineyards around Laguardia. There is no traditional Spanish age-statement labelling such as Crianza or Reserva, so as to maintain the simplicity of the wine. Choosing instead to produce single-vineyard expressions as a way of premiumisation rather than excessively long periods of ageing.
This 100% Tempranillo can be enjoyed at a young age, expressing the youthfulness of each vintage or it can be rediscovered after having spent a few years in the bottle. The style of this wine is characterized by aromas and flavours of fresh and delicate red fruits. Their sweet and subtle tannins generate velvety textures in the mouth. The Vinas de Gain is open and expressive with a touch of leather, liquorice and tobacco starting to peak through, these will develop whole-heartedly over the next few years.