When Oscar Martinez created Bodegas Altanza in 1998 he was hardly new to making wine. Altanza has 120 hectares planted with Tempranillo around Fuenmayor, in the heart of Rioja region. Oscar wants to create wines with all the characteristics and elegance of Rioja but with more intensity and concentration and decided not to blend Tempranillo with any other varietals. Yields are low, green pruning and careful selection with no more then 8-10 bunches left in every plant combine to produce an average yield of only 3 lb per plant. All grapes are handpicked in small cases and quickly taken to the winery.