Artuke Rioja

While Rioja has long enjoyed the most prominent global visibility of all the wine regions of Spain, its successes have also come at a cost in that larger players and monied interests have preferred to have Rioja be viewed as one homogenous beast. While these multi-regional cross-blends have delivered good serviceable wines, the victim has been the incredible number of different terroirs which exist within this fascinating region. It's here you find real wine nuance, light and shade...joy!

Enter Rioja ‘n’ Roll, a small group of like-minded winemakers who have banded together to show a more modern approach to things, focusing more on the sub-regions and single sites of Rioja they aim to bring a better understanding of the unique terroir of Spain’s greatest viticultural region to the people. They, like us and most of the wine drinking community, are more interested in origin and demonstrating a sense of place than large, soulless, multi-regional blends. After all terroir is the most exciting thing in the world of wine and Rioja has some of the most incredible sites.

Artuke, one of the Rioja ‘n’ Roll gang, is run by two brothers Arturo and Kike who now have 25 hectares of vines in some extreme corners of Rioja. These are terrific wines, very expressive of their sites and come from very old vines and relatively inexpensive for their quality. If you like the wines of Terrior al limit in Priorat, or Capcanes in Montsant these are for you. ALEX WILCOX