We are thrilled to work with the single vineyard wines of Artadi. These rare and wonderful Riojas are from Laguardia, in the Basque province of Álava. By concentrating on the terroir expression of single vineyards, modest volumes and top quality, Juan Carlos López de Lacalle has created a unique translation of the region’s vast potential. We think we know Rioja – but reserve judgement until you have tasted these astonishing wines. We count ourselves very lucky to have a small allocation for the UK.
The 2020 vintage began with a rainy and cool spring, which proved beneficial to the vegetative growth of the vines. 235 litres of water fell as rain over 44 days in the spring months, from 20th March to 20th June, accounting for almost 50% of the annual rainfall. In addition, the relative humidity was high, some days reaching up to 80.5%.
The summer months of July and August were hot, with maximum temperatures of up to 36.4°C. In these conditions, the risk of fungal diseases was high but was successfully fought off by the vineyard team.
Due to the conditions described above, Juan Carlos, now working together with his son, Carlos, said he defines 2020 as a “merger vintage”. The cool and rainy spring followed by a warm summer have generated agile, fresh and energetic wines, together with ripe fruit and enveloping tannins.