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Ostatu is a family winery whose roots can be traced back to several generations devoted to grape growing. It is a fitting example of the past and present of Rioja Alavesa, the subarea within the DO Rioja which belongs to the Basque Country.

In 1970, Doroteo Sáenz de Samaniego started bottling cosechero wines, a sort of Spanish Beaujolais which is a trademark of this area. At the onset of the 21st century, four of his six children took the reins of the family business and developed wines suitable for ageing, notwithstanding their young carbonic maceration which continues to be among the most prominent in this style.

The winery owns 36 hectares of land under vine spread across several Rioja Alavesa villages, namely Samaniego, Leza and Laguardia. Tempranillo dominates but they also grow Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha, all of which add freshness to the wines. Ostatu also buys grapes from three growers in Samaniego to make a total 70 hectares which translates into roughly 350,000 bottles.

Their young carbonic maceration red -fresh, fruity, clean and pleasant on the palate- offers excellent value (around €6, 150,000 bottles) w...

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