BODEGAS ALTANZA: THE WINERY
Altanza began its story in 1998 as synonym of quality and dedicated exclusively to top Reserva wines. Since then, their goal has been to offer the best possible quality wine at a sensible price. Located in Fuenmayor (Rioja Alta), Bodegas Altanza is a winery that emerges being distinguished for their identity, passion, know-how and creativity producing great wines like the Collection of Spanish Artists. Their wines are made in a modern style from 100% Tempranillo. The wines are fermented using natural yeasts and then aged in entirely French oak barrels which are renewed every 5 years.
Tradition is not only reflected in the beautiful main building and French gardens, but also in the variety they have preferred for all their reds, Tempranillo, and certain winemaking features, like the choice of vertical presses or the extra value added to the ageing process by nine 22,000L Allier vats. Besides, three-quarters of their 7,500 casks are made of French oak.
Technology can mainly be seen in their stainless-steel tanks of several sizes, which allows for a better, more flexible “personalization”, all equipped with temperature-control jackets and surveyed by a control panel. Altanza has their own lab and modern wine-storage facilities too.
Their estate spans 300 ha. (740 acres), 220 of which are vineyards. The estate provides sixty percent of the total amount of grapes they need; the rest follows a strict selection process.
Altanza was born as a winery focused on making reserva wines. For the past ten years they have gradually incorporated a rosé, an aromatic white and other kinds of reds (100% Tempranillo). Their wines are expressive and show a good balance between oaky and fruity notes, and are created to be enjoyed by both the sommelier and modern consumer who is fond of a good wine to enhance a moment of leisure or a formal meal.
At Altanza, they have opted for French-oak ageing, though there is a small amount of American casks, since they find the kind of nuances it gives the wine more to their liking. Casks are renewed every 5 years; a strict cleaning protocol is followed during racking.
Several of their wines have obtained more than 90 “Parker” points. Lealtanza Reserva, the wine that best represents the ethos of the winery has been recently granted a Gold Medal at the Tempranillos al Mundo 2014 international competition, and has been listed within the Top 100 - Best of Spain at Prowein, the best reputed trade fair for wine and spirits in Europe.
On the other hand, the Lealtanza Artists Collection deserves special attention, given the beauty and elegance of their labels and wine, as does the reserva made for our Lealtanza Club, whose 2005 vintage attained a score of 95 –the sixth position on the rank of best Rioja wines- by the prestigious Wine Advocate reviewers.