THE FIRST NATURAL WINE BY VINTAE: LE NATUREL

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!

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Already online www.bodegamatsu.com

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Hi everyone!

How was your “puente” (long weekend)? (For those of you who are not Spanish, we had a long weekend of 4 days, just like a mini-holiday, as in Spain this week we celebrated the day of the Constitution).

Today, we wanted to present you a new website that is already available for you to nose around and learn a bit more about our favourite projects: Matsu.

Go to www.bodegasmatsu.com and discover, for example, why we went as far away as to Toro to make wine or how El Pícaro, El Recio and El Viejo are made.

In addition, in the same way as Maetierra’s website, in Matsu’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 Raul Acha, our technical director, tastes the wine. These videos were done while enjoying a great day in Toro and walking through its vineyards and streets. You may also access all these videos directly by means of the back label on Matsu bottles, that is, capturing the QR code with your mobile or tablet.

We hope that you will like it and please leave your comments here too.

Chin chin!

 

Vintae at TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food

By Raquel Viejo Orna | Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Hello everyone!

Today, we want to talk about a interesting exhibition. TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food explores the interaction between design and cuisine, two creative disciplines that are currently thriving in Spain and enjoying major international acclaim. Organised and produced by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the exhibition presents more than 200 objects designed in recent decades, together with some traditional icons of Spanish design used in preparing or tasting food, a spectacle of imagination and talent at the service of taste.

The exhibition includes some familiar pieces ;-)

Vintae bottles

Our little baby, Bienbebido ;-)

Curated by the designer and architect Juli Capella, TAPAS is a taster of the varied contributions design has made to cuisine, in three sections: Kitchen –preparation and its utensils; Table –food-tasting implements– and Food –the design of edibles.

It was inaugurated on 26 October to mark the Spain-Japan Dual Year as part of the “Tokyo Designers Week” and will be on show until January 2014 at the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo. In parallel, and in this case on the occasion of the Florida’s 500th Anniversary, it will be on display at Miami’s Moore Building until 15 December, coinciding with “Art Basel Miami Beach”. The Prince and the Princess of Asturias was there during their official visit to the United States.

 

The exhibition title is TAPAS because it is a small taster of everything that surrounds the world of food from the viewpoint of design: in the kitchen, on the table, in the wine cellar; the labelling of wines and products. It focuses on the past 25 years, with a few nods to tradition: from the typical Spanish paella to the bota wineskin, the botijo water flagon and the porrón wine flask.

TAPAS exhibits objects designed or manufactured in Spain. It includes products designed by Spaniards that may have been manufactured in another country, but it has also selected pieces by foreign designers produced in Spain. Designers, architects, wineries, wines and chefs all contribute to this exhibition. The exhibition includes an audiovisual with some of the most prestigious or representative restaurants of Spanish cuisine and their interior design. It also features renowned Spanish wineries that stand out for the quality of their architectural design.

After touring in Japan and Florida, in 2014 and 2015 the exhibition will be heading to other Asian and American countries.

We have a new website! www.maetierra.com

By Vintae | Friday, October 25th, 2013

Following a test period, we are already to present you the new website of our bodega specialising in white wines; www.maetierra.com can already be accessed, and it is available for you to learn in further detail about the wines, vineyards and the bodega itself, which is located in Calahorra.

Some time ago, we -the Marketing team- set out to create online spaces devoted to each one of our bodegas. In this web page owned by Vintae, we tell you about anything that is new and you can also see our collections, but we believe that each project has its own personality and that most of them deserve to have their own website with the purpose of informing on it. Therefore, after launching the Proyecto Garnachas de España collection with its own website, we decide to begin with Maetierra’s website for a symbolical reason, as it was the first Vintae bodega.

In addition, it is the first website that includes a project that we have been working on for some time: the creation of a small video of each of our wines so you can learn, first hand, about the project in which it is included and so you can see how one of our oenologists tastes it. The videos corresponding to Libalis and the Spanish White Guerrilla are already uploaded on the website. In addition to being able to access them in a traditional way, if you have a bottle, you will see that you have a QR code on the back. If you capture this code, you will also have access to this video. So, on your mobile you will have Richi Arambarri (our manager) and Carmelo Cámara (a Maetierrao enologist) talking about the wine in videos like this one:

Libalis by Maetierra from Vintae on Vimeo.

Shortly, we will show you more websites from other brands that we are still working on. We hope that you enjoy Maetierra; give it a look and tell us about it!