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Faustino

The winery "Bodegas Faustino (Martínez)" is located in the municipality of Oyón near Logroño in the Spanish Rioja sub-area Rioja Alavesa-, It was founded in 1860 by Eleuterio Martínez Arzok, who sold his wines in cask. His son Faustino Martínez Pérez de Albéniz took over the business in 1930 and started bottling himself under his own name. In 1960 founder grandson Julio Faustino Martínez founded the international reputation of the house with the famous “Faustino” line. Today the fourth generation of the family is run by José Luis Fernandez de Jubera. The company's own vineyards cover 650 hectares of vines in the four municipalities of Oyón, Laguardia, Logroño and Mendavia. Grapes are also purchased to the greatest extent. 25,000 oak barrels are available for expansion, three quarters of which are made from American oak and one quarter from French oak. Every year around a sixth of the barrels are replaced by new ones. The wineries also belong to the empire Campillo (Rioja), Leganza (Toledo), Marques de Vitoria (Rioja), Portia (Ribera del Duero), Valcarlos (Navarra) and Victorianas (Rioja).

The flagship of the house is the red wine "Faustino I Gran Reserva". It is made from a high percentage of Tempranillo with a little Graciano and Mazuelo, matures at least 24 months in 80% American and 20% French barriques and another 36 months in the bottle. The wine therefore comes onto the market at the earliest in the sixth year after the harvest. The best vintages are 1964, 1970, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995. The red wine "Faustino V Reserva" matures 16 months and the red wine "Faustino VII" 10 months in American oak. Both are made from a high percentage of Tempranillo with some Mazuelo. The "Faustino V" is also available in white from 100% Viura and in rose from 100% Tempranillo. The "Faustino VII" is also available in rosé from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano. The “Faustino de Autor” is blended from Tempranillo with a little Graciano and matures in French barriques for 24 months. The “Faustino Selección de Familia” is made from 100% Tempranillo; it matures for 11 months in light American and 5 months in French barriques. The wines are bottled in light-colored frosted glass bottles with a label designed by famous painters. It will be too Cava's made from Chardonnay and Macabeo.

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