Profile of Arinzano

Arinzano is a remarkable property, an icon of modern Spanish winemaking that boasts a history dating back hundreds of years. In fact, historical evidence suggests that vines were cultivated by a member of the Spanish aristocracy, Sancho Fortuñones de Arínzano, in the 11th century – a respectable pedigree indeed! This tradition continued throughout the ages until a 16th-century noble decided to build a grandiose palace on the site where the modern winery now stands.

However, in the 19th century, Arinzano’s fortunes would take a turn for the worse. The onset of phylloxera, combined with the ongoing political turmoil and uprisings against the Spanish aristocracy ensured that Arinzano became a shadow of its former self. The estate fell into decay and wine production ceased until the 20th century.

Its salvation came in 1988 when Arinzano caught the eye of the legendary Chivite family and in particular its patriarch, Julian Chivite. After an extensive analysis, the family decided to invest a small fortune into renovating the dilapidated estate, in addition to replanting the vineyards and building a new state-of-the-art winery. Designed by renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, the Arinzano winery is today considered one of the finest in Spain, seamlessly blending into the stunning Navarran landscape, and yet boasting the most cutting edge technology and equipment. Small wonder then, that Arinzano was awarded Vino de Pago status in 2007, the highest classification available to wineries in Spain.

Nonetheless, in 2015 Arinzano would pass to the SPI group, a conglomerate run by the Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler. With experience in spirits rather than wine, Yuri sensibly continues to delegate control to Arinzano’s talented team, whose focus is now squarely on producing elegant,  Bordeaux-style reds of the highest quality. The excellent la Casona de Arinzano blend is evidence enough of that fact. And yet, the estate’s brilliant wines are just one of the reasons why Arinzano is now a popular tourist destination in its own right. Visitors come for the beauty of the landscape, the astonishing architectural wonders of Rafael Moneo and the charming hospitality offered in this corner of Navarra, as much as they do for the wines.

Wines produced

  • Gran Vino de Arinzano 2010

    100% Tempranillo. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 50% new French oak for 14 months. The prestige wine of the property, capable of extended cellaring on release.

  • La Casona de Arinzano 2010

    75% Tempranillo, 25% Merlot. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 40% new French oak for 14 months.

  • Agricultura Biologica de Arinzano 2007

    100% Merlot. Produced from organic grapes, after fermentation the wine is aged in 40% new French oak for 14 months.

  • Hacienda de Arinzano white 2014

    100% Chardonnay. After fermentation the wine is aged in 30% new French oak for 12 months.

Winery details

Arinzano

Carretera NA-132, Km 3.1
31292 Arínzano (Navarra)
Spain
Tel +(34) 639 378 650
Fax +34) 948 555 415

Appellation
DO Pago de Arinzano
Founded
1988
Area under vine
128 Hectares (cultivated)
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Manuel Louzada
Owner
Yuri Sheffler
Production
400.000 litres per annum, depending on the vintage
Grape varietals
Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnay

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