#vintaegramming January

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Hello everybody!
Today we bring you a new section of the blog, a section where we will gather every month a treasure chest of photos uploaded by you to Instagram and that include the hashtag #vintae or in which we have been tagged. And, the truth is, you take a bunch of cool photos of our wines and we do not want anybody to miss out for not having an Instagram account (although you can open an account yourself too; it is one of the most fun and entertaining social networks that we know).
So, we are starting with the month of January of 2015. I hope you like the photos! And if you upload any photos of our wines to Instagram you can tag us if you wish, follow us at @vintae

Many thanks for all the pics!

El PĂ­caro by @viikonviini

El PĂ­caro by @viikonviini

Bienbebido by @yolycaser

Bienbebido by @yolycaser

Libalis by @ingridsasa

Libalis by @ingridsasa

La Garnatxa Fosca del Priorat by @janeyb100

La Garnatxa Fosca del Priorat by @janeyb100

El Recio by @bariturroiz

El Recio by @bariturroiz

Matsu by @xavicalvache

Matsu by @xavicalvache

QP by @dehenares

QP by @dehenares

El Recio by @viikonviini

El Recio by @viikonviini

Le Naturel by @fotomas_digital

Le Naturel by @fotomas_digital

Le Naturel by @goyobastida

Le Naturel by @goyobastida

El PĂ­caro by @tibopuls

El PĂ­caro by @tibopuls

El Viejo by @pepdoncel

El Viejo by @pepdoncel

De Copas por España by @estercita_rjl

De Copas por España by @estercita_rjl

 

Squared Three by @tokyo_crianza

Squared Three by @tokyo_crianza

Red carpet wines

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Friday, February 6th, 2015

On Sunday, January 25th, the red carpet of Premios Feroz, in which the Spanish Cinematographic Informers Association awards the prizes, was rolled out in Gran Teatro Ruedo de Las Ventas of Madrid to receive the greatest stars in Spanish cinema in 2014 as well as film critics and journalists. In only two editions, Premios Feroz has been consolidated as the critics’ awards, a sort of Spanish Golden Globes, which just like to the Oscars, it is the “prelude to the Goya awards”.
When we were asked to collaborate at these awards and provide Vintae wines exclusively for that night, the answer was an immediate “yes”. We knew that we would feel like fish in water by going to such a fun and radical event, where there is even space for banter between the industry and the critics in a relaxed environment. This year is also a cause for celebration due to the good health that the Spanish cinema is enjoying after a splendid year 2014.
And on Sunday, Tito (Arts Director) and I arrived there with the intention of making our wines known as well as enjoying a unique experience. I have to say that cinema is one of our passions and that I love Spanish cinema, so the night was promising.

alfombrarojaWhen we arrived at Las Ventas, the curious people and fans crowded around the red carpet over which the actors and directors that would shortly receive their prizes walked in direction to the photocall. Matsu, of course, had to be on the photocall!

photocallFEROZ1photocallferoz3 copiaphotocallferoz2 copiaphotocallferoz4 copiaBut before the gala, a cocktail party took place where there was food to nibble, of course, accompanied by wine (Libalis and El PĂ­caro) and conversations with work and press-related colleagues.

coctailferozAt 9 in the evening, with the punctuality demanded by television broadcasting, we were all sitting at the round tables that were arranged in front of the stage, with El PĂ­caro and Libalis ready to be enjoyed. We had great seats with an excellent visibility and we set out to enjoy the night, which started in a fantastic way with a parody of an academy of presenters to which Barbara Santa Cruz, the gala’s presenter, had to go.
After this video, Santa Cruz started a fun and dynamic gala full of jokes.

cmoienzogalapicaro2The gala  saw pass through its stage the stars of a great year of cinema for the Spanish industry: José Sacristán and Bárbara Lennie won the Feroz awards for the Best Supporting Actor and the Best Leading Actress, respectively, for their interpretation in Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut, who was awarded the Best Script and Best Film Poster awards. The film Loreak gave Itziar Aizpuru a Feroz for the Best Supporting Actress. The Best Leading Actor was awarded to Javier Gutierrez for his role in La Isla Mínima, which also earned Alberto Rodríguez a Feroz for Best Director.
The Special Feroz went to “Costa da Morte” by Lois Patiño. One of the most special moments of the night, without a doubt, was when the honorary Feroz was awarded to the director Carlos Saura, which was handed to him by one of his actors, José Coronado.

sauralennieWe were especially happy for Paco León and the team consisting of Carmina and Amén, who we now consider our friends after the Matsu and Amén project. They were awarded a Feroz for the Best Comedy Film. Bravo!

pacoleonWithout a doubt, the winner of the night was La Isla MĂ­nima, which, in addition to the previously mentioned awards, received the award for the Best Drama Film.

islaminimaIt was a total pleasure to assist to the gala and make our contribution to the first grand party of Spanish cinema and to toast to another year of success.
See you in 2016!
We would like to thank Susana from Placement ComunciaciĂłn and the organisers of these awards for counting on us.

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Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional

By Vintae | Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

ANOTHER TWIST IN NATURAL WINES
A few months ago, we introduced Le Naturel, which was our first natural wine made in Bodegas Aroa (DO Navarra). We already told you that we did not want to stop there, that we wanted to continue experimenting with this type of wines, which are made intervening as less as possible, and today we bring you our second natural wine: Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional.

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If the first Le Naturel was a fresh and very fruity wine, with Reposado Tradicional we are talking about a much less complex, subtle and delicate wine. They are both made with grapes from the same vineyards: the plot of land that surrounds the bodega in Zurucoain. They both undergo a similar winemaking process, intervening as less as possible and without adding any sulphites. However, this second Le Naturel, as its name suggests, goes through a “settling” period.
While wines with a recommended consumption date are stored in stainless-steel vats at a stable and controlled temperature before bottling, this second “Reposado Tradicional” remains in containers made with noble materials, so they do not alter the natural characteristics of the wine, for several months. During this period, the wine refines and gains nuances, becoming a wine with floral, spicy notes and with a long and persistent aftertaste, a mysterious wine full of subtlety that intends to capture all the secrets of the grape and the terroir in the purest of ways.
Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional is a limited edition wine, with only 2,274 bottles in this first 2013 vintage.
Just like in the first Le Naturel, the proper preservation of the bottles at a stable temperature below 16 degrees centigrade is paramount. The reason is that because it is a natural wine without any added sulphites, it can evolve even faster, especially if it experiences extreme temperature changes.
Stay tuned because there will be more new “naturales” on the way!

DOWNLOAD TECHNICAL Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional  SHEET

Two new LĂłpez de Haro wines

By Vintae | Monday, November 17th, 2014

As you already know, our roots are in La Rioja, and we were born, have grown and have learnt everything that we know in this land (and we have much more to learn!). A large part of this acquired knowledge is present in the Hacienda LĂłpez de Haro collection, which we make in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, at Bodega Classica, and up until recently, it only included three red wines: a Young wine with a few months of barrel ageing, a Crianza and a Reserva.
But, our intention has always been to delve into the depths of La Rioja’s tradition with a touch of innovation, which is how we like it at Vintae. It is from this concept that the wines we are presenting you today are born: Hacienda LĂłpez de Haro Gran Reserva and Hacienda LĂłpez de Haro 30 months Limited Edition.

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Both wines are a 2008 vintage and they have been aged in barrel and bottle for a long period. However, both wines are very different. The Gran Reserva is a more classical wine (although always bearing the touch of modernity present in the Hacienda LĂłpez de Haro collection) and the Special Edition is a more modern wine with a limited production.
The Hacienda LĂłpez de Haro collection has already become a classic contemporary collection of wines, and we believe that it would not have been complete without the Gran Reserva: an elegant and complex wine, a Tempranillo and Graciano coupage from grapes harvested in old vineyards, aged for over 30 months in French and American barrels and subsequently bottle aged for over 3 years.

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And, the López de Haro family is finally complete with the 30 months Limited Edition, a more modern wine with a production of just over 12,000 bottles. This wine is a coupage of Tempranillo from the area of the Sonsierra and Garnacha from the village of Cárdenas made following traditional methods in open barrels and aged in new French oak barrels.

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Now all that is left is trying them! And, of course, telling us what you think about them.
You can download the technical notes here.

Dreaming of Wine Fandango

By Ricardo Arambarri | Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

It has been four years since a question had been ringing in my ears. It was at Alimentaria 2010, with Vintae causing a stir; we had put up a stand that looked like a wine bar. We wanted to leave behind the old vinyl, bright, gaudy lights and slogans, and we wanted to create a space of visual peace, good vibes and friendliness. We simply put up a big blackboard as a backdrop, decorated it with chalk and included an L-shaped bar counter, and we had the entire Vintae team serving wine left and right. If you add our partners, customers and friends to all that, it turned out to be the best bar in the trade fair!

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At that time, our customers, after enjoying the show, asked us, “Why doesn’t Vintae open a wine bar/restaurant?”
It sounded crazy, OK, fun too, but too crazy for Vintae, which at that moment in time, in 2010, it was fighting to move forward and become known. In spite of all that, this question remained embedded in our heads, and it would never leave us. A few weeks later, a friend and customer of ours, Elju, said that he wanted to use our idea. He had 3 restaurants in Nagoya, Japan; he wanted to open a fourth; and he was looking for a theme. He liked our wines, our aesthetics, and our casual style; so, why not create a Vintae Wine Bar? Obviously, our response was a resounding YES, and we were more than happy to have a Vintae Wine Bar in the world, but our own customers were anticipating us!

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At that moment, that question found its answer and our brains started to work on making the dream a reality: creating a Wine Bar with our essence.

We quickly found fellow travellers for this adventure, our friends Albert, Gerard and Oriol, and they became part of the project: destination Barcelona. Trips to Barcelona, to La Rioja, searching for property, working with designers, etc.

However, reality hit our excitement hard, and that project did not fructify.

During a dinner, at our favourite restaurant in Logroño, MarinĂ©e, we encountered a new possible path. Our friends Aitor Esnal and Beatriz MartĂ­nez, after having built MarinĂ©e from scrap, were also hunting for new projects. I must say, we couldn’t have found better fellow travellers, because we agreed on each of the values that we wanted to instil in the restaurant. The idea was a market cuisine where the product in itself would be the star: original wines presented in a more human and fun way, a unique establishment in Logroño… And, we put our hands to work.

The location was easy; the ground floor of our offices in the centre of Logroño would be the ideal place. The old cafeteria Grand Hotel, which had been frequented by bullfighters, football players and celebrities of the time, had no activity for years and they were asking us to wrack our brains and create something new.

So, Wine Fandango Logroño was on its way!
In June 2013, my brother and I travelled to New York for five days and we had a look at around 20 to 25 establishments per day. We came back full of inspiration. This floor tile, that bar counter, this menu, that lamp, and we brought an endless number of ideas under our belt to work with Aitor and Bea. Then came in Lazaro Rosa-Violan, who is an enthusiast of Vintae wines; and we love his work. After having created places that we loved, such as Big Fish or Boca Grande, we wanted him to become involved 100% with the aim of making our dream a reality. It involved months of work and trips, designing the establishment, meetings with banks and institutions, business plans with changes and more changes, etc. The dream was slowly taking shape. It was a fabulous mix of passionate people, with a constant tug-of-war between Lázaro and his ideal design, Aitor and Bea providing their experience in the bar and restaurant business, the Vintae team contributing with their essence, the architects and engineers of Aransa (the company responsible for executing the works of Wine Fandango) imposing the complicated reality of regulations and what such complex works represent, etc., but when so many people with a same dream conspire together towards making it a reality, the result is guaranteed.

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After a year and a half of work and 5 months of construction work: the bathroom taking ages (whenever you visit it, you’ll understand why), choosing colour RAL 9001 or RAL 19XX, this piece of furniture not that one, this lamp not that one, etc., the end result is finally emerging. These days, we are applying the final touches to what will be our much-desired WINE FANDANGO for many years to come.

Sometimes dreams come true, but they require many people conspiring at the same time, and this is what happened in Wine Fandango. We have not walked this path on our own: Arturo, Moises, Jorge, Jose Miguel, Sergio, Santi, Rafa, Daniella, Raquel, Fernando, Tito, Llorenç, and a long list of other names, of people that have made this a reality, I and on behalf of Aitor, Bea and Josemi take the opportunity to thank you.

The best is yet to come: everything that happens between the four walls of Wine Fandango (and, of course, its terrace) and the moment in which you discover it.
Wine Fandango is incredible!
We are expecting you!

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