In 1987, well-known hotelier and owner of gastronomic Zaldiaran restaurant Gonzalo Anton, founded Bodegas Izadi to combine his two passions: Wine and gastronomy.
Five years later the winery opened up to the public as one of the first with its own restaurant, hotel and guided tours for visitors.
In 2005 the Orben project was begun after deliberate expansion and Finca Villacreces and Venus wineries joined Izadi and Orben under the umbrella name Artevino, family wineries, now with locations in the four prestigious regions Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro and Rueda.
Izadi, approaching a quarter of a century since its foundation, is ranked as one of the 100 best wineries in the world by the American magazine Wine & Spirits.
The symbol of Bodegas Izadi is a triangle. This figure represents the space made up by the towns of Villabuena de Álava, Samaniego and Ábalos, where the 178 hectares (70 of them their own) with which they work are located. In this triangle, Izadi has a hundred old plots facing south that are protected by the microclimate that prevails in Rioja Alavesa. In all of them, integrated viticulture criteria are followed, respecting the natural conditions of the vineyard and the environment as much as possible. These vineyards, with an average age of 45 years, are planted on poor soils that provide low yields and small but high-quality grapes, which represent the typical characteristics of the area.
Architecturally, the most interesting thing about this winery is the use it makes of a 50 meter drop to use gravity to make its wines, dividing the winery into 5 different heights. Each element is focused on pampering the characteristics of the grape at each stage of the process.
In addition, and since its birth, Izadi’s vocation is closely linked to the world of gastronomy, a facet that can be indulged in the same winery, where activities that combine wine and good food are often carried out.
Travesía Herreria 2 Zeharkalea, 5, 01307 Eskuernaga, Araba, Spain
Tel +34 945 60 90 86