Rioja, rioja Spain

Orben is an exciting estate in Rioja Alavesa, established with the aim of producing a single-estate Rioja that rivals the best of the region. The Antón family of Izadi owns 75% of the property, with the remaining 25% being split between 50 of Spain’s top restaurateurs, all friends of the family who share a common passion for fine food and wine.

The 29 hectares of vineyard lie at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range in Laguardia (neighbouring those of Izadi) and are divided into 74 parcels of bush vines, each with their own particular microclimate. The vineyards were planted between 1945 and 1954, and the resulting low yields from these old vines give great concentration and depth to the wine. The limestone and clay soils impart excellent minerality, while the altitude of the estate (around 450 metres above sea level) and the mitigating influence of the Atlantic Ocean bring freshness to the intense, berried fruit.

The winemaking team, with Ruth Rodriguez at the head, ensures that the Rioja is distinctively modern in style, with the fruit leading the way and light toasted notes (from 12 months ageing in French oak) being revealed on the slightly smoky finish. It is a wine of great structure, poise, balance and length.


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