Grapes are sourced from the plot known as Marbella, or Escobal, planted in 1995 from a selection of the family’s best Tempranillo planted at an altitude of 547 m above sea level with a slight south-west orientation. Their first certified eco vineyard.
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The world-famous Rioja wine region lies in northern Spain, on both sides of the River Ebro and to the south of the Cantabrian mountains. The denominacion (appellation) It is divided into three large zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental.
The protection of the mountains, the altitude, the terroir, and the convergence of two climates as different as the Atlantic and the Mediterranean make Rioja Alavesa a special place for making wines of true class and distinctiveness. Here, terraced vineyards spreading over a range of altitudes and exposures have been home to many wine-making businesses but one particular family stands out – over several generations this forward-looking family has refused to turn its back on the best traditions honed over centuries.
In the small town of Samaniego, the Sáenz de Samaniego family has been crafting wine since the 16th century. Here you sense that you are no longer part of the vast southern region of Castilla Y Leon but part of the northern Basque Country. The local people here are intensely proud of their local roots and Gonzalo is no exception. He is one of the sons running the company whilst also remaining closely involved in the local and regional political arena
Their 36 hectares of vineyards have been certified in the ENEEK (ecological vineyard) register and are divided into 50 microplots located primarily in Samaniego, mostly lying on calcareous clay soils.
Ostatu, the Basque name of the winery, refers to sentiments including - host, hospice, hospitality, hostel, hotel, and stems from the Latin word hospitum meaning place of rest where frequent visitors were provided with care. This was, in fact, the very purpose of the winery manor house when it was built in the 18th century. It served as a boarding house for pilgrims on the way to Santiago di Compostela. Today with its beautiful tasting room the Samaniego family carry on this tradition of hospitality by sharing their elegant Rioja wines with wine lovers the world over.
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92% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano, Mazuelo and 2% Viura
Our origins. Young red produced with carbonic maceration: the simplest and most natural fermentation of a wine. Whole bunches. Blended from selected Tempranillo, Viura, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes sourced from the youngest vineyards.
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha.
Aged 12 months in French oak barrels.
Perfectly balanced crianza. A Rioja with body and character that is fashioned from selected Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha grapes sourced from vineyards of 35 years old. A faithful reflection of the spicy character of the Tempranillo as grown in the distinct terroir of Samaniego.