Pale yellow and bright colour with greenish hues. Citrus and white fruits (green apple, pear) with floral and slightly herbal memories, very fine expression of the variety. Very good balance, well-salted acidity, fresh, greedy and with a certain oiliness note. Great balance of flavours where green apple and lemon, ripened greengage plum and white flowers are predominating.
The grapes come from the highest parts of our oldest vineyards, in the districts of Samaniego, Laguardia, and Leza, at an altitude of 580 m above sea level. Poor calcareous/clay soil, on south facing slopes. The subsoil is made up of various layers of white rock.
The grapes are destemmed and pressed mechanically. Some hours at low temperature maceration. The grape must ferments on the lees in stainless steel vats for 27 days at a temperature of 15-16°C. It is filtered only for tartaric stabilisation process. The wine is then kept in the vats until it is bottled.
At the beginning of the 1970s, after centuries of tradition in the world of family winegrowing, Parents, Doroteo and María Asunción of the current owners, decided to sell their own wines, blending tradition, a forward-thinking approach, and perseverance.
That’s how the new winery was born alongside the 18th century manor built as a boarding house at a strategic point on the road between Laguardia and Vitoria-Gasteiz, which also served as the family home until 2009. It's in the Matarredo neighborhood, where the Sáenz de Samaniego family has been making wine for generations. It’s something passed on for generations that we share with you so you can experience our passion and love for our Rioja Alavesa vineyard and enjoy our winery and wines.
Its past as a boarding house, Ostatu in Basque, imbued us with that hospitality that welcomes everyone. A place where we make and preserve artisan wine, where the essence of tradition is palpable, in spaces like the Txoko, the Wine Bar, the Patio, and the spectacular Sala Memoria where our oldest vintages are on display. The Sala Memoria was nominated for a Restaurant & Bar Design Award in London in 2018.