D.O. Arlanza

Oficially recognised in 2007, the D.O. Arlanza is one of the latest DO’s to be recognised in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, although viticulture in the region dates back to the tenth century. Today, the wines from Arlanza are modern, made predominantly with the region’s star variety, the Tempranillo (or Tinto Fino), where the terrain and climate of the region, as well as the meticulous care in all work carried out, ensures that the wines from Arlanza possess certain characteristics and nuances that distinguish it from the neighbouring Ribera del Duero region. 

The DO. Ribera del Arlanza is a wine producing region in Castilla y León with an extensive history and heritage linked to viticulture. There is evidence of winemaking dating back to the Roman times in the region of Lara, in the western part of the Sierra de Covarrubias, but its modern history dates back to the tenth century, with historical records of the existence of vineyards kept in hands of the monasteries.


The first written evidence of wine production in this area comes from the 12th century, when the monastery of Santa María de Bujedo de Juarros purchased vineyards on the banks of the rivers Arlanza and Duero for supply, completing them with vineyards in Quintanilla del Agua. Also, priory monks of Santa Inés cultivated vines in the Lerma zone, as well as in Covarrubias the wine was so good that it was enjoyed by neighbouring jurisdictions.


However the golden age of wines in the area occurred in the late nineteenth century, when the region supplied wine to the city of Burgos, as well as other locations in northern Spain. This golden period soon came to an end in the early twentieth century, with the outbreak of phylloxera in the region which devastated nearly all of the vineyards in the region. Replanting of the vineyards was completed in 1920, and by the middle of the last century, the vineyards were then an important part of all holdings in the region. 


However from the 1950’s onward, there was a strong rural exodus from the region of Arlanza, like in other rural areas, due to the great industrial expansion that demanded and abundant labour workforce. This absorbed the workforce in agricultural areas that could not compete with the wages or living conditions of the industrial areas. This lack of manpower, combined with a lack of infrastructure, and small plots that prevented the use of machinery, and disparate varieties that poorly adapted all forced the gradual abandonment of the cultivation of vines, with many farmers resorting to the cultivation of cereal. Only a few plots for making wine to be consumed by local families were retained.


However, in the mid-1990’s a group of wine enthusiasts decided to take the necessary steps to recover the winemaking heritage of Arlanza, with the region initially recognised under the “"Vino de la Tierra Ribera del Arlanza" classification.  It was this that sparked new life into viticulture in the region, with the DO Arlanza officially recognised in 2007.


The DO Arlanza is located in the north of Spain, just north of the DO Ribera del Duero, in the centre of the province of Burgos and around 40 kilometres from the capital. The region is situated in a valley, with the river Arlanza running through it (hence its name) and its tributaries to its confluence with the Pisuerga and the southeast of Palencia. The area is nestled between the Sierra de Covarrubias to the east, the Páramos del Cerrato to the west, with the north and south fixed on the side of the river Arlanza.  DO Arlanza consists of 67 municipalities, 54 of which belong to the province of Burgos and 13 to Palencia. The region is currently home to 500 hectares of registered vineyards, 275 winegrowers and 23 wineries.


 


Climate, Soils and Varieties.


The DO Arlanza is home to a Mediterranean climate, less fresh in the east, losing moisture and gaining temperature as your move westward. Rainfall varies from 800mm in the east to 500-600mm in the west. We also have to take into account that there runs the risks of frosts during the spring, while the dry period lasts 2-3 months in the east, and around 4 months in the west. The average temperature during the coldest month (January) is around -10.3ºC, during which the plant is in full winter rest.


In regards to soils in the region, they are generally deep, with subsoils formed from soft rocks (limestone marl and disintegrated limestone penetrable by the roots). The relief of the region is varied with undulations and slopes, where vineyards grown on slopes or on hills, the traditional way which ensures that there is no problems concerning excess moisture. There is an abundance of sandy terrains, siliceous, granite and those formed by limestone marl. Generally there is plenty of land where the heavy elements are abundant. These can be either carbonates, limestone or alluvial pebbles and gravels. The lack of organic matter is an endemic feature of the soils of this area, which is very favourable for the quality of the vineyards.


The DO Arlanza authorises a range of different grape varieties, with the white Albillo and Viura varieties, as well as the red varieties Tinta del País (Tempranillo), Garnacha Tinta, Mencía, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.


Wines and Wineries.


Olivier Rivière. Olivier Rivière arrive in Spain almost ten years ago, hired by Telmo Rodriguez, one of the great pioneers of Spanish wine in recent times. He began working for Rodriguez in La Rioja, but soon his desire to produce his own wines led him to seek partners and allies to create his own brands. It was in 2009 when he acquired some old vineyards in the DO Arlanza, planted between 1910 and 1940 around Covarrubias, over 1000 metres above sea level. From theses the winery produces 4 cuvées: La Vallada, made from a 2 hectare plot of young (15 year) Tempranillo vines, aged for 12 months in barrels and stainless steel tanks; El Cadastro, the result of a blend of plots situated between 950 and 1000metres around Covarrubias planted between 1930 and 1950, where each plot (La Tisona, La Mula, Amesado, Los Lirios and El Quemado) is vinified separately for 2 years, until the final mixture is composed of 95% Tempranillo with a touch of Garnacha, aged for 24 months in oak barrels; El Quemado, made from a vineyard situated 1050metres above sea leave, home to the most extreme conditions, this wine is 95% Tempranillo with a touch of Grenache, aged for 24 months in oak (10% new) barrels, with production limited to 1000 bottles; then finally Basquevanas, a white wine that comes from a small old Albillo plot, on the outskirts of Covarrubias, aged for 12 months in barrels and 12 months in stainless steel tanks.


Pagos de Negredo. This is one of the pioneering wineries of the DO Arlanza. The vineyard, called Château Negredo, was one of the most important players in the viticultural history of Castilla y León in the nineteenth century, given its excellent geographical location and capacity to produce truly great wines. It is located in an impressive outcropping between rocky areas and holm to 740 meters above the valley of Arlanza, in Palenzuela province of Palencia. Their latest wines launched on the market were the Quinta Negredo Rosado and the red wine Quinta Negredo Cuvée.


Bodegas Carillo de Albornoz. This winery was founded in 2012 in Avellanosa de Muñó, in the middle and under the Arlanza river and its tributaries, 45 km from Burgos towards the capital Madrid. This winery focuses on obtaining quality Tempranillo wines, both rosés and reds under the Carrillo de Albornoz label. 

Wineries belonging to the D.O Arlanza:

Outstanding wines from the D.O. Arlanza:

  • La Vallada 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

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    La Vallada 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

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  • La Vallada 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

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    La Vallada 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

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  • Viñas del Cadastro 2011

    Red wine Crianza. 19 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

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    Viñas del Cadastro 2011

    Red wine Crianza. 19 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Olivier Riviere. Production area: Arlanza. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

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