Grupo Artevino was founded from the expanding ambitions of the Anton Family. Originally coming from the restaurant world, the family owns the Michelin starred Zaldiaran. Understanding the complementary nature of food and wine the Antons established Bodegas Izadi in Rioja and over the next decade they added Villacreces (Ribera del Duero), Vetus (Toro) and Orben (also from Rioja) with the goal to “make high quality wines from indigenous varieties”.
All of the properties operate with the same philosophy - To produce unique wines, representative of their place of origin. Their methods could not be more aligned with our vision to represent wines of People, Place and Time and will sound familiar to those with a focus on excellence. Firstly the properties were acquired due to their unique terroir. All the farming is sustainable and focuses on old vines and low yields; perfectly encapsulating the adage that “wine is made in the vineyard”.
Bodegas Orben is produced from a collection of old vines from small plots. Over 20 individual sites contribute to the wine from the villages of Villabuena and Laguardia. All of the vines are over 60 years of age with the individual plots being planted between 1945 and 1954. The wine is made with 100% Tempranillo and was fermented in stainless steel. Maturation took place in a blend of steel and new French oak. The result is wonderfully representative of modern Rioja.