Arráez isn’t just one or two or three people. It’s not just a surname, nor just a family. This great team is formed by a lot of people, united by the same ideas and the same way of understanding wine. If just one link in the chain fails, the results would not be the same. We may like doing crazy things but there’s one thing we understand completely: we are a close-knit group.
OUR HOME: LA FONT DE LA FIGUERA
Our winery is located in Font de la Figuera and was built from three old wineries that belonged to private winegrowers. Situated in privileged surroundings, in the natural setting of Terres dels Alforins, the winery over time has been renovated and adapted to incorporate new winemaking and bottling techniques. So, we currently have a modern winemaking installation with a bottling line equipped with the latest technology and an ageing room for top quality wines. With this we can maintain our winemaking tradition combining the latest winemaking techniques.
During its 68-year-old history, the winery has been captained by three generations of Arraez who knew how to read the needs of the society to which they belonged. Toni’s grandfather, Antonio Arraez Garrigós, had the great idea of founding a winery in 1950. He started selling his wines both in bulk and in bottles thanks to the incorporation of new technologies in winemaking, viticulture and sales.
With the arrival of Antonio Arraez Ivanco came the industrialisation of the winery, making us into a leading wine of the region. Under his guidance we began to export, and we reached our production ceiling in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Lately Toni Arraez Calabuig, son and grandson of the winemakers and growers, who trained working in places as varied as garage wineries to large wineries in Rioja and Ribera del Duero, has completely changed the positioning and structure of the business.
OF OUR GRAPES AND OUR TERROIR
We are big defenders of Spanish Levante (the SE region of Spain) wines. It’s something we have learnt and inherited from past generations, who had the same purpose at heart as we do: to get only the best from the land, whatever it takes and wherever it is.
That is why we recuperate local grape varieties in which we believe and choose special vineyard plots. If we did things like everyone else, we would be like everyone else
FREEDOM IN CREATIVITY
From the vine to the label, creativity is crucial. We do not know any other way, nor do we want to. If we give so much importance to our labels it is because they reflect our winery’s personality. A mould-breaking design for a bottle is not much use if the wine is not also mould-breaking wine..
You can be young forever, we are convinced. Our winery is not young because of the average age of our workers, but because of its attitude to life. Our values, our rules are crystal clear to us: to make authentic and quality wines, be daring and fresh in everything we do; and of course, have a really good time whilst we do it.
A perfect situation for growing quality grapes.
The vineyards are 90 kilometres from the Mediterranean and at an altitude of between 600 and 800 metres between two valleys whose orientation generates a Mediterranean-Continental microclimate that together with poor soils form a perfect combination for the growing of quality grapes. The winery owns 30 hectares of vineyards of predominantly local varieties. Apart from these vineyards we also have historically sourced grapes from local independent growers since the1950s. We cultivate 40-year-old vines in goblet form, as well as young trellised grown vines. We work with local varieties such as Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera, Verdil and Moscatel which compliment to perfection foreign varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz (Syrah)..