Viņas de Gain
HISTORY Owner Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle has been surrounded by old vines and great wines since early childhood when he used to accompany his grandfather during harvest time in Rioja. Dedication to detailed hard work is something he learned at an early age, and this is a governing principle for his three award-winning wineries in Rioja, Navarra and Alicante. Artadi's ideology is that "the value of a great wine is intimately linked to the land and its people." The conviction to safeguard this intimate link is what drove Juan Carlos to make wine in three distinct regions of Spain. Producing wines made from the single most important variety of each appellation, working with estate-grown fruit, and developing a team of viticultural experts that respect the traditions and climate of each region are Bodegas Artadi's fundamental keys to success. Juan Carlos says that the particularity of different soils, disparate climates and the inherent excellence of the grape varieties are the genesis of the authenticity of Artadi's portfolio of wines. Indeed, when one looks at Artadi's contribution to Spanish winemaking, we find wines with character, personality and identity that reflect their roots in natural viticulture.
WINEMAKERS NOTES Respecting the local winemaking traditions inherited from his grandfather and safeguarding the old-vine Tempranillo indigenous to his native Rioja Alavesa, famed winemaker and Artadi owner, Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle cultivates the individual "personalities" of his different vineyard blocks to create Vinas de Gain. A wine that clearly demonstrates the potential, quality and balance of a stellar Rioja, it is deep cherry-red in color and contains enticing aromas of ripe forest berries, black licorice candy and lightly toasted oak. This multi-terroir, monovarietal wine is ample on the mid-palate and has very round, voluminous tannins. With a long and complex finish, this wine can age for up to 15 years and will pair well with a multitude of dishes.
GRAPE VARIETY 100% Tempranillo