Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro is located in the D.O. Ribera del Duero. A constant search for quality as well as passion and dedication to the wine and the earth have made these wines, from crianzas to reservas and grandes reservas, into classics of the Ribera del Duero.
Bodega Arzuaga Navarro was founded in 1990 by the Arzuaga Navarro family. It all began with the purchase of La Planta estate in Quintanilla de Onésimo near the River Duero by Don Florentino. Later came the vines, the winery and finally the wine.
Bodega Arzuaga Navarro is a beautiful 1,400 hectare estate in which wild boars and deer roam free among pine trees and holm oaks. 150 hectares are used to grow wine, 80 percent of which is over 20 years old.
Apart from the winery, La Planta estate also houses the Arzuaga Hotel, a lovely lodge bordering the vineyard, guaranteed to appeal to wine lovers. Apart from the hotel, The Arzuaga restaurant is widely considered one of the best in the Ribera del Duero. Also, a newly built wine-spa completes this already excellent tourist attraction.
The main building, with its bell tower and arcades, all in ancient rock, gives the compound a monastic and imposing feel.
Bodega Arzuaga Navarro holds its wines to the highest standard. The process begins in the vineyard. Owing to the low fertility of the soils of La Planta estate together with the harsh Spanish climate, grape yields are low, resulting in a highly concentrated wine. The Tinto Fino variety is the most grown, although a few hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also farmed.
The harvest is carried out entirely manually, separating the grapes from each plot. The aging takes place in American oak barrels for Crianza wines, and in French oak for Reserva wines.
The high quality of the grapes and the careful work carried out in the vineyard have helped make Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro´s wines among the most well-regarded in the Ribera del Duero.
Wines from Bodega Arzuaga
One of its most famous wines is the rather elegant, fruity and amazingly priced La Planta. Arzuaga Crianza (16 months ageing) and Arzuaga Reserva (26 months ageing) are two perfect examples of barrel ageing practices in the Ribera del Duero. And, speaking of ageing, Arzuaga Gran Reserva, with 40 months spent in the barrel, is this winery's most important product. The other two noteworthy wines are the Arzuaga Ecológico Crianza, harvested according to organic farming practices, and the Amaya Arzuaga Colección, born out of the collaboration between a father and his daughter. Don Florentino, owner of the bodega, makes the wine, while his daughter Amaya Arzuaga, a celebrated fashion designer, designs the label, with a separate design for each vintage.