It's time for the brave ones

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It has been almost two months since the prestigious master of wine and British prescriber, Tim Atkin, published his second annual report fo Rioja Wine Region. After the uproar caused by its first publication, in 2016, and seeing the consistency and depth of its words in the 2017 edition, we wanted to space the publication of our thoughts in order to be able to tell our vision in the most objective way possible.

It is well known that the Rioja DOC goes through a key moment in its history. A moment of changes, of reflections, of courageous decisions that will forge the history of this region for the immediate future. And this is what the British Master of Wine says in his two, to date, published reports of Rioja.

Atkin defends the heterogeneity of the region not only in business models or in the way of understanding wine, but in our soils, our climate, our culture ... That is, he defends the importance of a singular vineyard over brands, productions or corporations. He gives a hand to medium and small producers who focus their work on a vineyard, mostly of their own. Winemakers who more than great winemakers are great vinegrowers and who, vintage to vintage, try to capture the uniqueness of their vineyards in their bottles.

With subtle metaphors or through the absolute truth, he places us in the position of getting involved in the future of the region. To remove the hat of being a wine area with a good price and to put on the one that belongs to us: that of the first line winemakers.

In his vision he divides the wineries into 5 groups of 15 members each, following the style of the Grand Cru from Bordeaux. A division based on the tastings he makes, not in markets, prices or brands. Tastings in each one of the wineries he visits, understanding each wine not as a product but as the final result of a story with its own personality.

96pt. 2008 Ostatu Gloria de Ostatu

94pt. 2011 Ostatu Gran Reserva

94pt. 2011 Ostatu Laderas de Ostatu

94pt. 2012 Ostatu Selección de Ostatu

93pt. 2011 Ostatu Reserva

93pt. 2013 Ostatu Lore de Ostatu 

90pt. 2015 Ostatu Tinto

90pt. 2015 Ostatu Blanco 

And where is Ostatu? We are deeply proud to be part of the so-called "Second Growths" thanks to the qualifications of our wines. Wines that are a true reflection of our identity, of our philosophy based on sustainable viticulture. Deeply proud that Atkin considers our town, Samaniego, as one of the 8 villages of the "Côte d'Or" of the area. And deeply proud that our future is in our hands, hands that know the land, the fruit we get from it and what we get after winemaking: wines that reflect our history.

 

 

It has been almost two months since the prestigious master of wine and British prescriber, Tim Atkin, published his second annual report fo Rioja Wine Region. After the uproar caused by its first publication, in 2016, and seeing the consistency and depth of its words in the 2017 edition, we wanted to space the publication of our thoughts in order to be able to tell our vision in the most objective way possible.

It is well known that the Rioja DOC goes through a key moment in its history. A moment of changes, of reflections, of courageous decisions that will forge the history of this region for the immediate future. And this is what the British Master of Wine says in his two, to date, published reports of Rioja.

Atkin defends the heterogeneity of the region not only in business models or in the way of understanding wine, but in our soils, our climate, our culture ... That is, he defends the importance of a singular vineyard over brands, productions or corporations. He gives a hand to medium and small producers who focus their work on a vineyard, mostly of their own. Winemakers who more than great winemakers are great vinegrowers and who, vintage to vintage, try to capture the uniqueness of their vineyards in their bottles.

With subtle metaphors or through the absolute truth, he places us in the position of getting involved in the future of the region. To remove the hat of being a wine area with a good price and to put on the one that belongs to us: that of the first line winemakers.

In his vision he divides the wineries into 5 groups of 15 members each, following the style of the Grand Cru from Bordeaux. A division based on the tastings he makes, not in markets, prices or brands. Tastings in each one of the wineries he visits, understanding each wine not as a product but as the final result of a story with its own personality.

96pt. 2008 Ostatu Gloria de Ostatu

94pt. 2011 Ostatu Gran Reserva

94pt. 2011 Ostatu Laderas de Ostatu

94pt. 2012 Ostatu Selección de Ostatu

93pt. 2011 Ostatu Reserva

93pt. 2013 Ostatu Lore de Ostatu 

90pt. 2015 Ostatu Tinto

90pt. 2015 Ostatu Blanco 

And where is Ostatu? We are deeply proud to be part of the so-called "Second Growths" thanks to the qualifications of our wines. Wines that are a true reflection of our identity, of our philosophy based on sustainable viticulture. Deeply proud that Atkin considers our town, Samaniego, as one of the 8 villages of the "Côte d'Or" of the area. And deeply proud that our future is in our hands, hands that know the land, the fruit we get from it and what we get after winemaking: wines that reflect our history.

 

 

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