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Characteristics of Artadi El Carretil
... "the respect of the agronomic environment, the flora and the fauna which coexist in our vineyards is our main objective".
Juan Carlos López de Lacalle
At the winery Artadi, one of the most representative wineries en the region of Rioja, a winemaking is conducted in which respect and the efforts to preserve nature and the set of natural resources of the vines is highly valued. With this premises, the winemaker's attitude is not a confrontation with the vineyard or a fight againts natural factors but an attitude of cooperation. At Artadi, the winemaker is one more in the process, and helps supporting and understanding the plant in adversity and showing a great respect and comprehension of the behaviour of nature.
Bodegas Artadi was founded in Laguardia back in 1985 as the´Cooperative Cosecheros Alaveses’', led by Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle. It was an association of a group of growers that wanted to collaborate on a business project based on the viticultural wealth of the La Rioja Alavesa region. They wanted the opportunity to prove that the use of carbonic maceration could also produce great wines, and this they did. Artadi has a history linked to the memory and stories of the people who helped found the winery and make what it is today. Outside of the busy and overcrowded industry , Artadi is based on passion and respect for the land and vineyards.