Vintae has its origin in the passion for wine of José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, a businessman from La Rioja who in 1999 decided to return to family origins, recovering the Small Grain Muscat in La Rioja which had disappeared due to phylloxera. His vision gave rise to Castillo de Maetierra and Maetierra Dominum, the two wineries that were the origin of Vintae and where we began to elaborate Libalis. With the incorporation of his two sons, Richi and José Miguel, Vintae became what it is today.
In 2003 they created the Hacienda López de Haro wine collection, from 2004 they started exploring vineyards in Ribera del Duero (Bardos), Navarra (Aroa) and Ribera del Queiles (Garnachas Project), and 2006 was the year we built Bodega Classical in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in addition to beginning to elaborate in Toro (Matsu). Later Atlantis was to arrive, the sparkling wine Francesc Ricart or Classica, a collection of Rioja's “Gran Reservas”.
The adventure they started almost twenty years ago has not slowed down thanks to their creativity and desire to explore and create wines. That is why today they own more than 300 hectares of own vineyards and cultivate 38 different varietals, whose grapes produce more than 35 different wines so that hundreds of thousands of people can enjoy them in more than 60 countries.
Tasting: Deliciousness in a bottle from Bardos. Winemaker Raúl Acha makes wine in this inhospitable part of the Duero Valley because as he states “To make daring wines, one must be surrounded by daring people”. Medium bodied, rich dark fruit, black plum, cassis, and cedar with tobacco and fresh leather.
Tasting: Great aromatic intensity and notes of mature dark fruits, chocolate and smoky aromas. Delicious bramble fruit, full bodied, powerful and fleshy, firm tannins, fine acidity and lingering finish.
Tasting: Racy, fruit driven Verdejo from the grape’s heartland. High altitude vineyards produce fruit of exceptional quality with refreshing acidity. Bright green fruit, gooseberry, crunchy apple and lime with delicious length.
Tasting: In Catalan a ‘Bandarra’ is the name for a complete scoundrel, a person with no scruples at all! This delicious white vermouth is rich, honeyed and bittersweet, bitter wormwood and herbs, crisp acidity and faint orange marmalade.
Tasting: Tinta de Toro, although Tempranillo, is generally considered a DNA variant of Tempranillo, it has smaller berries and ticker skins so makes much bigger wines than Tempranillo in the Duero valley generally does. This is a beast of a wine! Dark, very full bodied, rich, and concentrated with amazing complexity. Powerful flavours of dark earthy black fruit, new leather and fresh tobacco with baking spices in support.
Tasting: In Catalan a ‘Bandarra’ is the name for a complete scoundrel, a person with no scruples at all! This vermouth of the same name has a little more integrity however, liquorice and citrus notes on the nose, with a palate of cinnamon, citrus, chamomile and bitter orange.
Tasting: Tinta de Toro, although Tempranillo, is generally considered a DNA variant of Tempranillo, it has smaller berries and ticker skins so makes much bigger wines than Tempranillo in the Duero valley generally does. The ‘young’ wine in the range from Bodegas Matsu, even though it has no barrel aging it is a powerful and intense wine, notes of dark fruit, blackberries, liquorice, complexity and spice.
Tasting: Intense, mature and powerful, this is the Bardos stable of wines at its absolute best. Full bodied with a nose of dark fruit, spice and caramel. The palate, rich and textural, bursts open with fleshy blackberries, loganberry, cooked black plums, expressive spices with an exceptionally long finish, underlined by smoke, cacao and minerals.