Wine type: Red
Grape type: Tinta del País, the premier variety of Ribera del Duero
The winery and vineyards of Viña Arnáiz are located in the town of Haza in a strategic enclave where Juana de Haza, a noble of Castille, began cultivating vineyards at the foot of her fortress in the twelfth century. These vineyards grew both in size and fame throughout the territories due to their extraordinary quality. Our winery is located in that fortress, with an area of 80 hectares in La Magdalena estate home to vine plots on gentle hillsides where we cultivate traditional Tinta del Pais alongside newer varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
In the center of our property a tower and underground cellars dating back to the seventeenth century are preserved with their adjoining wineries. Today the renovated winery maintains its character and historic constructions, with an area of 12,000 m2, production and bottling capacity of 18 million bottles a year, and capacity for 10,000 American oak Bordeaux barrels. The winery was awarded best winery in Spain by the prestigious Vinitaly International Competition two years running.
- Berliner Wein Trophy 2013 - Gold medal
- Berliner Wein Trophy 2014 - Gold medal
- Challenge International du Vin 2010 - Bronze medal
- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013 - Bronze medal
- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014 - Bronze medal
- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015 - Bronze medal
- Zarcillo Awards 2009 - Gold medal
- Zarcillo Awards 2013 - Silver medal
During pruning plots whose fruit will be included in the coupage of each wine are selected. After the grapevines have received careful treatment throughout the year, the harvest date is set when the grapes have reached their optimal ripeness on each plot, and manual harvesting of the grapes begins. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, they are de-stemmed and proceed to maceration in the tanks, which is extended until the desired balance in the wine's composition is achieved. Next comes devatting by gravity without mechanical action, and the wine obtained, after an initial decanting, undergoes malolactic fermentation. This wine is aged in new French and American oak barrels for 425 days, during which three decantings are performed to help oxygenate the wine. After this period, the wine remains in the bottle for one year to complete the aging period.
Vina Arnáiz Crianza is a red wine with an attractive cherry red color, high intensity, very good depth and beautiful violet trim with enticing fruity aromas, hints of wild red and black berries, a vanilla base, with sweet notes derived from its aging in barrel.
Mature on the palate, full of nuances with a pitch of intense palate. Its finish shows the richness of ripe tannins that leave an elegant and long aftertaste.
Viña Arnaiz Crianza is wine that is highly recommended to accompany prime cuts, cheeses and small game.
We recommend uncorking or decanting for a while prior to tasting to fully appreciate its virtues. Serve between 16º and 18ºC.