Spotlight on Oriol Artigas
Spain's rich winemaking traditions can hardly go unnoticed, with various iconic DOs and grape varieties immediately recognised by even the most cursory imbiber.
However, for the hunters of the more niche, among us, welcome to the wines of Oriol Artigas: From a tiny wine-producing area- Allela DO. Located just 15 km north of Barcelona, it's one of Spain's smallest Designations of Origin (DO), comprised of around 300 hectares.
The Allela DO produces wines of various styles and grape varieties, however, they all share the unmistakable stamp of its terroir: The proximity to the Mediterranean imparts a distinct marine-like freshness to the wines and the porous, granite soils (called Sauló)- impacts the wines with its unique ability to retain heat.
After originally training as a chemist, Oriol discovered a passion for winemaking after working a harvest in Penedes. In 2011, he released his first vintage and soon became a name synonymous with the natural wine movement.
Oriol's approach to winemaking revolves around minimal intervention, allowing the grapes to express the unique landscape from which they originate. This includes biodynamic farming, using natural fermentation, minimal sulphites, and leaving his wines unfiltered and unfined.
Two of his new vintages are now back in stock and we invite you to snap them up as soon as possible!
🔸La Rumbera Pansa Blanca: A white/orange made from the indigenous Pansa Blanca grape (which is known as Xarel-lo in other parts of Spain and is an important grape in Cava production). It has both power and delicacy, with a distinct marine, saline character. It has a short two-day maceration and is part-barrel fermented (in neutral barrels) and it’s an ideal pairing with all manner of seafood.
🔸 El Rumbero Do Alella: This light-bodied Spanish red combines Syrah, Merlot, Garnatxa Negro, and Sumoll. It’s soft and fresh, bursting with wild red fruits and a precise acidity. It would be an absolute joy with poultry or game birds.
According to Oriol himself:
Sauló is the main terroir that we have here, it is a mixture of granite and sand. The Sauló terroir is very clean and pure. We make La Rumbera and El Rumbero on these soils. The granite from the mountains is rich in minerals, it acts as a natural filter, so it gives a very pure and crystalline sensation. Direct with a deep focus, like a bridge across the palate that unfolds at the end of your mouth.
To see the full range from Oriol Artigas, available here at Buon Vino,