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Characteristics of Artadi La Poza de Ballesteros
... "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 in 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.
In terms of climate, the 2017 vintage began with a winter of mild temperatures and moderate rainfall, followed by a spring with average rain and higher temperatures than usual, which favoured early sprouting. Like many wineries in the area, this vintage was marked by the fateful night of April 28, when temperatures dropped drastically causing frosts of catastrophic consequences. This frost, fortunately, had different effects on the crop, depending on the orography and the phenolic state of the vineyard. This way, in Artadi vineyard, the impact caused a 20-25% reduction of the harvest.In months following the frost, the weather conditions were frankly beneficial for the recovery of the vineyard, with temperatures and rains higher to the average in the region. Thus allowed harvesting with almost imperceptible phenolic differences.As Carlos López de Lacalle tells us, a great vintage that has managed to make adversity an occasion of virtue.
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.