The high prices of the fertile lands near the Ebro river (used for cereals at that time), forced our great-grandfather Balbino to acquire in 1929 one of the poorest, but at the same time, most complex soils in the area. To this day, we have the privilege of being responsible for preserving this magical plot.
Vistalegre The family vineyard since 1929
A Tempranillo vineyard planted in 1974 in Baños de Ebro The soil mainly lies on high terraces from the Quaternary period consisting of limestone and quartz boulders in a sandy loam matrix with a reddish hue (iron oxides and hydroxides). These terraces in turn lie on deposits from the continental Tertiary, with alternating sand, calcareous sandstone yellow and ochre clays at the head of the vineyard.
Shelled by hand, bean by bean. A unique plot, the result of a landscape that combines Mediterranean and Atlantic factors at the same time, and which provides silkiness, freshness and minerality to the wines.
CARRALAGUARDIA Silkiness, freshness and minerality
A Tempranillo vineyard planted in 1951 in Laguardia. Calcareous clay soil on sandstone in the highest, poorest parts, in which the plant roots have to compete with stones for their survival.
Where the soil is deeper and fresher it lies on silty-clay subsoil.
Everest represents the desire of our father José Antonio Martínez to reach the top, when in 2001 he decided to start making this wine with a clear philosophy, a unique vineyard for a unique wine.
LA CHOZA The origin of a great wine
Everest is born from La Choza, a Tempranillo plot planted in 1965 by our grandfather on an upper terrace in Baños de Ebro, with an 11% slope, N-SE orientation, and shallow clay-calcareous soil.
The guardaviñas located on the plot, who protected our grandparents from the inclement weather, named this plot La Choza.
San Quiles Graciano
Settlement of San Quiles, defensive enclosure, located on the slopes of Mount San Quiles where Roman remains have been found that trace the origins of the town of Baños de Ebro to that time. It is specifically a tombstone, as well as 5 maravedíes and fragments of ceramic vessels from later settlements.
SAN QUILES The origin of our people
A Graciano grape vineyard located at 450 metres above sea level in Baños de Ebro, N-SW facing, rooted on the San Quiles hillside. The soil varies between sandy, chalky sandstone and yellow and ochre clays (iron oxides and hydroxides). The soil is medium deep, well-drained and generally poor and low-yield in a Xeric climate. Hillside with a 20% slope, which, together with its orientation, makes it ideal for the cultivation of Graciano grapes.
La Cicatera Garnacha
From the austerity of the soils that support it arises the mystery of its sublime fragility. It has finesse, balance and elegance in abundance.
LA CICATERA A stingy soil
Vineyard planted with Garnacha grapes at 500 metres above sea level in Baños de Ebro, characterised by its poor, chalky soil with a high level of active limestone that regulates the vines’ absorption of nutrients.
Villacardiel is located in a protected archaeological area where remains of a medieval necropolis were discovered, as well as numerous dolmens and rock wine presses, dating from the 12th-15th centuries, reflecting the long winemaking tradition of the area.
VILLACARDIEL A magical place impregnated with history
A Tempranillo vineyard in Laguardia at 630 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range, with the vines rooted in shallow, chalky soil. Sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture is practiced, respecting the flora and fauna of the area, under a climate of contrasts.
Altún is the faithful reflection of the perfect symbiosis between vineyards located in three of the most internationally recognized towns in the production of great wines.
THE ORIGIN Plots in Baños de Ebro, Laguardia, and San Vicente de la Sonsierra.
Vineyards settled on soils of wide geological and edaphological diversity. Limestones, gravels, and clays configure this particular balance of poor soils under a climate of contrasts. Old dry-farmed vineyards, between 25 and 70 years old and grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, respecting the flora and fauna of the area.
The first wines in history were made by storing whole grapes (without destemming) in containers, thus causing intracellular fermentation. Today, Albiker maintains that same essence, carbonic maceration.
THE ORIGIN The Traditional Carbonic Maceration
Vineyards located in Baños de Ebro and Elciego with ages between 20 and 50 years and with a glass conduction system. Grown in a respectful way with the environment, treating the soil as a living organism and with a continuous dedication to ensure the best quality.
Ana de Altún Viura and Malvasía
Made by Iker and Alberto in honor of their mother, Ana, with vines between 30 and 60 years old planted by their grandparents on the hillsides (or slopes) of Baños de Ebro.
THE ORIGIN Bridles of Viñas Viejas in Baños de Ebro
15 small plots with slopes of up to 25%, characteristic of the area, where our elders planted the viura and malvasia vines on the slopes of the vineyards (the heads), in general poor, limiting, and with contained yields, to limit production and get a smaller grain.
Altún Rosé Tempranillo
The search for freshness led us to select for this wine the 6 highest plots where the cold nights and the north wind (strong, cool and dry wind) make them unique.
THE ORIGIN Tempranillo de Altura
Altún Rosé comes from six carefully chosen plots located in Laguardia and San Vicente de la Sonsierra, at an altitude between 550 and 650 meters. Vineyards cultivated in glass, mostly on slopes, and with an Atlantic climate with a Mediterranean influence.