Nacho Arzuaga: ‘Wine is the expression of the land, the grapes and the people who work with passion’

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A few days ago, the team came to Bodegas Arzuaga from Hagamos negocio, a Mexican programme where they chat with the best entrepreneurs from the business world. Its host, Estefanía Cárdenas, wanted to stop at our winery and talk to our CEO, Nacho Arzuaga. Read on to learn a bit more about the philosophy of our wines. Nacho Arzuaga wanted to start the interview with a statement that sums up the winery’s personality: ‘Wine is the expression of the land, the grapes and the people who work with passion’. From there, he went on to share details about his relationship with the winery, gastronomy and wine.

‘The world of wine is very passionate. You have to feel it. It conveys your personality, the wine you want to make. My passion for wine began when I was very young; it’s really linked to gastronomy. I was studying when my father planted the vines and it was a world that had me hooked from the start. We’ve always been linked to the vineyard and the winery. Personally, it’s really helped me to get out to Spain, to go to fairs, to learn what’s going on abroad, to have a more global view of wine’, explained Nacho, who also wanted to do a quick recap of Arzuaga’s history. ‘The La Planta estate is the heart of Bodegas Arzuaga. It’s an incredible natural setting and that’s where Arzuaga’s first vineyard is. It’s wonderful because there are wild boars, mouflons and our ancient holm oak, catalogued as one of the 100 best trees in Spain’.

He also wanted to mention the comprehensive concept of Bodegas Arzuaga, who have created a one-of-a-kind wine tourism concept. ‘Our idea is that everything revolves around wine. You’re going to see the vineyards, the production process, taste the wine, enjoy it alongside the gastronomy and pamper yourself in our spa with treatments created from grapes. We aim for a full experience’.

The relaxed chat also covered the gastronomic side of Bodegas Arzuaga, both the traditional and avant-garde cuisine. ‘Suckling lamb is the traditional dish of Castile-León, especially from the Ribera del Duero area. In the old days, when there were lots of males in the herd, they would slaughter some of them while they were still young. And they started cooking them in stone ovens, which there have always been a lot of here’. And you can order it at the traditional restaurant. Nacho Arzuaga also didn’t miss the opportunity to talk about Taller, mentioning its nods to ‘Mexican cuisine, with tacos as the star dish. At Bodegas Arzuaga, we’re aware of the fact that nowadays, cuisine is all about mixing and matching’.

You can watch the entire interesting interview here:

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