Bodegas Amaren was born in honor of Ángeles, wife of Luis Cañas and mother of Juan Luis ( owner of Bodegas Luis Cañas, in Rioja Alavesa).
In 1995, Juan Luis Cañas was planning to make a different sort of wine, a wine that expressed the personality of the variety to the maximum. This would be 100% Tempranillo from several plots of old vineyards. At that time, his mother Ángeles died and that is when he created, his new fragrance: Amaren Reserva Tempranillo 1995.
Amaren which, in Basque means «of the mother», was a tribute to Ángeles (Luis Cañas´s wife) a fundamental pillar in the creation and development of Bodegas Luis Cañas. From then, Juan Luis worked to honour his beloved mother with her own winery, which was founded in 2016.
Concrete, stone and wood, is the essence of Amaren.
In Bodegas Amaren, the field is a way of life. They are true experts in working the vineyard, and the plots to them are the pieces of the perfect puzzle.
The winery is located in Samaniego (Rioja Alavesa), and is surrounded by 65 hectares of vineyards aging between 35 years and 110 years old. These small plots are characterized by their locations; lands of calcareous clay which originate from low fertility. With a unique microclimate, the vineyard honors the winemaking tradition of the region by offering low production, bunches and grapes of small size and excellent quality. Its department of viticulture is key to getting things rolling, all of them true artisans of the vineyard, work meticulously to maintain control over each plot.
Given the characteristics of the vineyard, all the work is done by hand and in some cases, with animal traction. It is about nurturing the land in the most natural way possible and following the guidelines of a rational viticulture to preserve the great diversity of animal and plant species that populate each plot and respecting the vineyard and its surroundings, in order to collect healthy grapes by hand and produce healthy wines.
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