The Señorío de Arínzano estate has been recognized for the excellence of its vineyards since the 11th century, when the noble Sancho Fortuñones de Arínzano first produced wines on the property.
In the 16th Century, Mosén Lope de Eulate, a noble and the advisor to the King Juan de Labrit, chose the estate as the ideal site for the construction of his palace. By the 18th century, the property had passed to the hands of the Marquess of Zabalegui, who ordered the construction of a rural mansion where he could enjoy the natural beauty of the estate.
At the turn of the 19th century his children constructed a small chapel dedicated to San Martin de Tours, the patron saint of winemaking. This chapel stood as a final monument to the noble history of this viticultural estate as the pillars of Spanish nobility fell apart and the estate fell into disuse.
Arínzano Estate was rediscovered in 1988. Though nearly two centuries had passed since grape vines had graced the valley’s gentle slopes, careful scientific analysis of the climates and soils confirmed what centuries of nobles had learned from experience:
The Arínzano estate had a singular microclimate perfectly suited for the production of the highest quality wines. The estate was carefully replanted, matching each grape vierietal with the parcels best suited for their cultivation. The historic buildings, which paid homage to winemaking of centuries past, were rehabilitated and the winery constructed, capable of continuing this tradition into the future.
At the turn of the 21st century, their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain inaugurated the Arínzano winery, and celebrated the rebirth of a noble tradition more than a thousand years old.
The Arínzano winery was designed by Rafael Moneo, the only Pritzker Prize awarded architect in Spain, whose other works include the Prado Museum extension in Madrid, the L.A. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art.
Arínzano winery embodies the philosophy of the estate. Produced from environmentally friendly materials, Moneo designed the building to truly become part of the terroir it occupies and became in his own words, the landscape winery. Inside, the winery is designed to be perfectly suited for winemaking. It combines the most modern technology with an artisanal treatment as the grapes follow an organic flow through the winery, guaranteeing a delicate treatment and precise control throughout the whole winemaking process.