The western parts of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Address: Carretera de Samaniego,
Tel: 945 60 94 08 Fax: 945 60 94 09
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:32:51N (42.54763) Longitude: 2:40:2W (-2.66710)
‘Arabarte’ is the abbreviation of ‘Araba’ (Alava in Basque) and ‘arte’, and this is made clear to visitors as soon as they arrive at the winery. There are four hand-painted murals on the ceiling of the reception area depicting the cycle of the vine; a gigantic wrought-iron chandelier with clusters of grapes hangs from the ceiling; and opposite the door there is a huge clock, removed from a church tower in an abandoned village, that tolls every 15 minutes – it has been lovingly restored and the clockwork is in full view. This modern winery, built in 1999, was the dream of three friends in the wine business who began by making cosechero red (see ‘Wine Styles’) in stone fermenters in the nearby village of Samaniego. The wine was such a success that they decided to build the current winery and expand the range to include white, rosé, and red Crianza, and Reserva. A restaurant is on the premises.
Useful information: Visits by appointment Monday-Friday. Some English spoken. Cost €8 including a tasting.
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