When Oscar Martinez created Bodegas Altanza in 1998 he was hardly new to making wine. Altanza has 220 hectares planted with Tempranillo around Fuenmayor, in the heart of Rioja region. Bodegas Altanza is a winery that emerges being distinguished for their
identity, passion, know-how and creativity producing great wines like the Collection of Spanish Artists. Their wines are made in a modern style from 100% Tempranillo. The wines are fermented using natural yeasts and then aged in entirely French oak barrels
which are renewed every 5 years. Tradition is not only reflected in the beautiful main building and French gardens, but also in the variety they have preferred for all their reds, Tempranillo, and certain winemaking features, like the choice of vertical presses or the
extra value added to the ageing process by nine 22,000L Allier vats. Besides, three-quarters of their 7,500 casks are made of French oak. Technology can mainly be seen in their stainless-steel tanks of several sizes, which allows for a better, more flexible “personalization”, all equipped with temperature-control jackets and surveyed by a control panel. They have their own lab and modern wine-storage facilities too. All grapes are handpicked in small cases and quickly taken to the winery.

website: www.bodegasaltanza.com