Vintae just a click away

By Vintae | Monday, September 8th, 2014

Hi everyone!
The new season has arrived and we are starting the month just how we like it: with novelties. In this case, we won’t talk about our wines, which we will do in the future, don’t worry ;-), but about a tool that we have been working on for some time now: an application, or App, for all types of tablets and smartphones.
You can already download this new App from Apple’s App Store or Google Play, and by doing so, you will have the most complete information about Vintae, our wineries and our wines on your mobile or tablet. app1b
With this tool, we aim to get closer to you by means of a simple click on a mobile; the main reason behind it is that many times you ask about this or that project, the characteristics of the vineyard, a winemaking process, a type of soil, climate, etc. In this application, you can basically find all the information you need to know; we fondly call it the Vintae “encyclopaedia”.

In addition, we have been able to count on many friends and team members to comment on each of the wines from a more personal point of view, as well as including technical information on each one.

It is structured in two large sections: “Wineries and collections” and “Wines”, although it also includes news that will be regularly updated. In addition, there is a section called “What is Vintae”, which is a statement of intention for those who still do not know us, and another section called the “Team”, where you will find our contact information.
The App will be updated with news and new projects. You will find out that there is new content if when you open the App, the initial screen shows a deep-red band with a circular arrow. By clicking it, all the content will be updated.
We believe that the best thing to do is to see it for yourself instead of telling you about it, so run to the App Store or Google Play and explore!


The harvest begins at Maetierra

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Today we started harvesting the Muscat à Petits Grains variety. The grapes that will eventually become Libalis, Dry Libalis and Libalis Rosé 2014 have already entered the winery!
As you already know, the white varieties in Finca Maetierra are harvested mechanically and during the night, so even though the grapes are picked in August they arrive cold at the winery.

The harvesting’s starting date has returned to normality in this year 2014 -last year it was delayed approximately 2 weeks due to the weather, as we already mentioned in this post. In this campaign, the maturing cycle sped up as a result of the high temperatures registered in spring, but thanks to the cool temperatures in the months of July and August, the process balanced itself out and the harvesting period has taken place during the usual week.
Carmelo, Maetierra’s oenologist, tells us that the quality is good and as far as quantity is concerned, the same amounts have been harvested as last year. During these days, the staff in the winery and in the field is living the harvesting period intensely. Harvesting starts at around for o’clock in the morning and ends at about ten o’clock in the morning, which is when the temperatures rise.
The first grape variety harvested in Finca Maetierra is the Muscat à Petits Grains. This will be followed by the international varieties, such as Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay or Gewürztraminer, with which we will make the Spanish White Guerrilla collection.
We will keep you updated on the progress.
Thank you for reading us!

New website:

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Monday, July 14th, 2014

We have new website! Today we wanted to present you a new website that is already available for you to learn a bit more about our Rioja flagship, Bodega Classica.

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In the same way as Maetierra’s and Matsu´s websites, in Bodega Classica’s the audiovisual content is very important. For each of the wines, we have prepared a video in which Ricardo Arambarri, our manager, explains the project and Octavio Madurga, the winemaker, tastes the wine. You may also access all these videos directly by means of the back label on Hacienda López de Haro bottles, that is, capturing the QR code with your mobile or tablet.

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We hope that you enjoy Bodega Classica website; give it a look and tell us about it!



By Vintae | Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

You know that at Vintae we have a very clear objective: to continue surprising and revolutionising the world of wine, create soulful projects that hook wine enthusiasts and those who are not and who in one way or another simplify and slightly “democratize” our sector. With this goal in mind, we are always searching for new and exciting challenges and projects, and, without a doubt, the world of natural wines was one of those challenges that we wanted to delve into some time ago.

The result is Le Naturel, a wine without any added sulphites, a natural wine, where the key aspect is intervening as less as possible in both the vineyard and the winery, with the aim of making the grapes do the talking, where the wine is purely fruit. Le Naturel is a wine from the Designation of Origin of Navarra that we have made in Bodegas Aroa, where we have recently assumed the management of this pioneering project in sustainable viticulture. It is the perfect winery to make natural wines, and this is why it was especially exciting to become part of this adventure.

But, what is a natural wine? Well, it is a wine in which we intervene as less as possible, in both the vineyard and the winery. Le Naturel is made with a light maceration, without any clarifying or filtering and without using any ingredient other than the grape harvested in the vineyard. We have spared the use of sulphur dioxide (SO2), which is the preservative used in most wineries. That is why you will not find the typical legend “Contains sulphites” on the bottle of Le Naturel; the level of sulphites is so low (lower than 10 mg/litre, which is the natural amount generated by the must during fermentation) that the regulation allows us to not include it.

What we have included is the best-before date. Why? Because, precisely due to not adding sulphur dioxide if we do not preserve the wine properly at a cool and stable temperature, it can evolve faster than usual. If you store it in a dark and cool place at a temperature below 16 degrees, this wine will be perfect for consumption for a long time, possibly even more than any young wine.

So the wine reaches the market as fresh as possible, we keep it in deposits in the winery, which is where it is best preserved, and we bottle it every three months, always avoiding the summer. This way, we make sure that it reaches your table recently bottled. Last Friday, the 21st of March, was the day of the wine’s first bottling process, so it will be on your table very soon. Le Naturel will definitely surprise you; it is a pleasant, light and very easy-drinking wine. But, the best thing is to try it, right? That is why we are inviting you to our stand in Alimentaria, where we will have this and other novelties. We are expecting you!