Artuke Vineyard began as a family affair. Arturo and Kike de Miguel Blanco, the owners of Artuke, learned how to make wines from their grandfather and their father when they were growing up. Their family decided to buy a vineyard in 1991, stopped selling wine in bulk and began bottling and selling their own wines, which they then sold throughout the region.
Arturo, who studied Agriculture Engineering and has a Master’s degree in winemaking, joined the family business in the 2000s and worked to turn the vineyard from the very traditional, regional ways of wine production, to a more modern, balanced solution. Arturo’s persistence in this matter has managed to turn the winery from one among many, to a singular, unique producer within the Rioja region.
Arturo’s brother Kike began working at the vineyard in 2010, since then the two brothers have studied the soils, turning unproductive plots of land into fertile ones and making a name for themselves in the world of Spanish wines.
One of Artuke’s flagship red wines, Finca de los Locos, was named in honour of their grandfather. Their grandfather had always wanted to purchase a plot of land overlooking the River Ebro, but the locals at the time thought he was crazy to buy a sandy, gravelly plot of land that wouldn’t produce anything worthwhile. He persevered, however, and now that exact plot of land is one of the vineyard’s most productive.
Artuke Winery and Vineyard has decided to eschew the local certifications for their wines, so none of them carry the village or Vinedo Singular labels. This is due to the fact that the brothers find the specifications to be too strict and that there are too many obstacles in the way of acquiring these certifications. Arturo and Kike would much prefer to make interesting, creative wines without the certificate, rather than wines that seem like something people are able to find all over Rioja.