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Bodegas Amaren

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Bodegas Amaren

The Amaren winery is much more than just a high-quality wine. It is a veritable ode to hard work, tradition, care for the vineyards and working by hand at home, and all these things rest on one pillar: Ángeles, the mother of Juan Luis Cañas, founder of the modern winery. Hence the name: Amaren means “of the mother”. It is precisely hard work and love of the job of winemaking that characterises the process of making Amaren wines. The winery has 22 hectares of vines over 60 years old and 30 hectares aged between 30 and 60 years, spread over several plots, most of them less than a hectare and with vines of an average age reaching in some cases up to a hundred years. All of them contain the essence of the passing of time and the unstoppable course of nature. The qualities become properties that can be detected with all five senses. Unique, exclusive vineyards requiring painstaking care that rules out the use of aggressive substances on the crops and encourages organic methods. This way of doing things cares not only for the environment, but also for consumers' well-being, so fitting in with the warm, homely philosophy of the winery, and above all the maternal spirit that comes from the figure of Ángeles. But warmth is not incompatible with rigour, just as tradition can go hand in hand with innovation. Moreover, Amaren remains true to four singular features. It does not produce its wines every year, but only when their quality allows it; the grapes are harvested entirely manually and each plot is used for a different wine depending on its yield, the direction it faces, where it is, the soil and the age of the vines; also, the grapes are brought in in small plastic crates and upon arrival in the winery first the bunches and then the individual grapes are checked by hand, one by one. The winery also has modern winemaking systems, consisting of wooden vats and small stainless steel tanks, then ageing the wines in top-quality French and American oak barrels. Amaren's cutting-edge techniques are in perfect harmony with the hundred year-old beauty of its premises. The 16th-century rock-hewn cellar in which its wines are laid down is not just an underground marvel that simply has to be seen, but also shows that it is possible to create a wine by hand, keeping tradition alive but adding the latest features. The winery's five wines represent this harmony perfectly: Blanco Barrica, Crianza, Ángeles de Amaren, Reserva Tempranillo and Monovarietal Graciano. Amaren is a delicious homage to the woman from whom Juan Luis got his love of the countryside and its fruits; but above all, the winery is a declaration of intent. A winery that chooses to keep up the craft approach, the essential, respect for nature and above all quality rather than quantity. Types of visit Winemaker for a day: Glass in hand, the visitor will find out all about the winery, its philosophy and where its Special Wines are made, using specially-selected grapes from particular plots to make wines whose colour, aroma and taste reveal the soul of the winery. We then move from theory to practice, to try being a winemaker for a day and designing a unique wine, your own coupage. A tasting session provides the climax to the visit, though not without first experiencing the magical feeling of descending into a 16th-century cellar. Two options: - Option A: o Guided tour o Tasting of 4 wines during the tour o TAPA accompanied by Amaren Crianza o Free glass + glass holder - Option B: o Guided tour o Tasting of 4 wines during the tour o SELECTION OF TYPICAL LOCAL PRODUCE accompanied by Ángeles de Amaren o Free glass + glass holder Length of the visit: about 60 minutes Languages: Spanish / English. Important: Visits must be arranged in advance by calling 945 17 52 40 or sending an email to info@bodegasamaren.com Single-variety wines: This visit includes the same activities as the previous one, but also the chance to experience the magical sensation of tasting a single-variety old-vine Grenache from our Exclusive Collection. Price: Adults €25 / Children €4 (up to 10 years old free) Includes: Guided tour Tasting of 5 wines during the tour SELECTION OF TYPICAL LOCAL PRODUCE accompanied by Amaren Reserva 60 Free glass + glass holder Length of the visit: 75 minutes Languages: Spanish / English. Important: Visits must be arranged in advance by calling 945 17 52 40 or sending an email to info@bodegasamaren.com


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Ctra. Villabuena de Álava nº3   - 01307  Samaniego

Phone:    +34 945 175 240Phone:  

 +34 945 175 240