Where Spanish heritage meets Californian charm

A Centuries-Old Winemaking Legacy Takes Root in Napa.
In 1991, Raventós Codorníu, Spain’s oldest winemaking family, embarked on a journey to a new world: a sea-facing hillside in the Napa Valley, featuring rocky soils and a favorable coastal climate.

In Los Carneros, we established new roots, drawing upon a 460-year winemaking legacy to craft the next generation of Estate Grown, artisan wines.

This endeavor was named Artesa.

History

Raventós Codorníu, Spain’s most ancient winemaking lineage, laid the grownwork in Los Carneros over a quarter century ago.

In 1991, Codorníu Napa was inaugurated with a specific mission — to establish pre-eminence in crafting California’s foremost sparkling wine.

As the vineyard substantiated its viticultural acumen with still wines, the Artesa nomenclature was introduced in 1998.

Stemming from the Catalan language, signifying “handcrafted,” Artesa expeditiously ascended to prominence as a trailblazer, distilling exceptional wines from the distinguished varietals of Los Carneros and Napa Valley: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Raventós Codorníu stands as the vanguard of Spain’s oldest family winery, tracing its origins back to 1551.

Seventeen successive generations of the family have bequeathed a legacy marked by innovation, from the eminent creators of Cava, Codorníu, to the venerable Bodega Bilbaínas, the oldest winery in Rioja.

The expansive Raimat estate commands the status of being the single largest vineyard in Europe, while the esteemed Legaris in Ribera del Duero and Scala Dei in Priorat contribute to the familial prestige.

From the elevated vineyards of Septima in Mendoza, Argentina, to the focal point of our narrative, Artesa, winemakers from each estate converge, interweaving a tapestry of collective expertise and a shared legacy of oenological distinction.

Estate

Located in the rugged foothills that traverse the Los Carneros and Mount Veeder AVAs.

Nestled within three miles of the San Pablo Bay, its strategic location provides an optimal cool, maritime climate, particularly conducive to the cultivation of pinot noir and chardonnay.

Spanning 150 acres, the vineyard unfolds along five distinct ridges, encompassing a diverse array of slopes and soils.

To navigate the intricacies of this complex terrain, we meticulously divide the vineyard into more than fifty individual blocks, tailoring our cultivation practices to the unique attributes of each block.

Pinot Noir

40 acres are dedicated to Pinot noir, spread across 10 blocks featuring 7 distinct clones. The steep, south-facing slopes of the ranch boast shallow, alluvial soils derived from weathered sandstone and shale, benefitting from prolonged exposure to sunshine and maritime air.

These optimal conditions yield pinot noir characterized by its cleanliness, balance, concentration, and distinct aromatic profile.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay takes center stage in nearly fifty acres, distributed across 13 blocks primarily situated on northeast-facing slopes.

These slopes provide a measure of protection against wind and late-afternoon sun, with the predominant Haire Clay Loam soils contributing to the expression of ripe citrus notes and distinctive minerality in our chardonnay.

Tempranillo

Close to 9 acres of Tempranillo spread through out nearly every elevation of the property.

Differing rootstocks depending on the soil types highlight the 3 different clones. Thanks to this we see a variety of flavors before the winemaking process even begins.

Albariño

The chosen albariño clones comes to us from the cooler region of Spain known as Galicia, and for that reason it is planted in the cooler sections of the property to assure the acid retention and crisp, bright flavors and aromas such as green apple, meyer lemon, kiwi and others.

Cabernet Sauvignon

The cabernet is planted on the higher elevation of the property, currently we have 4 blocks and 4 distinct clones each one chosen with similar characteristics such as earlier ripening and lower yield for high flavor concentration.

Because they are on the higher elevations of the property they receive the most sun and warmth to help them develop the variety of flavonoids which develop the complex wine they are destined to become.

The Artesa Estate Vineyard adheres to sustainable farming practices, proudly holding certifications for Napa Green Land and Fish Friendly Farming, underscoring our commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible viticulture.

Winemaking

Paula Borgo

In 2023, the renowned winemaker Paula Borgo, with a distinguished career rooted in the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina, embarked on an exciting new chapter by joining Artesa Winery.

Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and an MBA in Project Management with a focus on Wine Business Management, Paula brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective to her role.

Paula’s journey to Artesa follows a significant tenure as the head of the winemaking department and manager of Bodega Séptima since 2010, a winery also part of the Raventós Codorníu group.

Artesa’s commitment to excellence aligns seamlessly with my values. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to Artesa’s legacy of crafting exceptional wines that capture the essence of the terroir.”

With her passion for creating unforgettable moments through wine and a track record of pushing the boundaries in winemaking, Paula Borgo’s presence at Artesa Winery promises a future marked by creativity, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in every bottle.

Architecture

Artesa stands as a tribute to the seamless integration of nature, art, and architecture.

Driven by the Raventós Codorníu family’s enduring passion for art, craftsmanship, and environmental stewardship, their venture into establishing a winery beyond the Spanish borders sought not only to create exceptional wines but also to preserve the enchanting landscape that captivated their imagination.

The family envisioned crafting a work of art that would both honor the intrinsic beauty of the locale and match the caliber of the wines they aspired to produce.

Conceived by the esteemed Barcelona architect Domingo Triay, the avant-garde winery, erected in 1991, harmoniously melds with the natural surroundings.

Beyond the architectural marvel, Artesa’s commitment to art extends to its wine bottles, each adorned with commissioned works that express the unique personality and story of the wine within.

Paying homage to classic Spanish handcrafts such as tiles, textiles, woodwork, filigree, and painting, these artistic embellishments echo the rich cultural heritage that defines Artesa’s identity.

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