Located in Castile and Leon in the northwest of Madrid, our wine Estate is a boutique family owned estate situated in the Duero valley. We are the birthplace of powerful and intense wines, proud representatives of the Designation of Origin Ribera del Duero
Established in 2012, Arcano is a boutique family owned estate situated in the Duero valley producing unique older vintage fine dining wine from our low yielding hills and old vineyards to satisfy the sophisticated palate of wine enthusiasts from around the world.
Arcano excels in the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin with the Tempranillo variety, also known in our region as Tinta del País or Tinta Fina. Our sandy soil hills and the old vines (50 to 100 years old) naturally restrict production to two and three tons per hectare. This results in small richly concentrated berries.
Our older vintage wines show exceptional elegance, finesse, complexity, structure and concentration of fruit. They have been aged in oak barrels for one or two years, bottle aged for a further one to three years and then released. After many months of tasting each barrel, we select the best 10 barrels of the vintage and it goes into our Magnum and Double Magnum. The rest is bottled in 75 cl bottle.
Arcano means recondite as our place of origin is far from main roads, main cities and now disconnected from the old railway line that once was so important. As we ironically say, our village, San Martín de Rubiales (41º 38” 33´N- 3º 59” 35´W) only appears in very very good printed maps. This is one of the reasons why the Arcano label has a fading map in the background connecting us with the world.
The village was founded around the year 900, in a location close to a hill believed to house a medieval fortress by the Duero river, then border of the emerging county of Castille.
Before the arrival of philoxera at the beginning of the XX century, the village had close to 1000 inhabitants and was surrounded by “lagares” and “bodegas”, the ancestor of what we now call wineries. These were the days of our great- grandparents, when most of the fields of the valley and the moorlands were covered by vineyards.
At present our village counts less than 100 inhabitants and the vines and the wines are a way to keep many centuries of tradition and connection to our birthplace.
With the support of our elders who grew their vines until they could no longer do so, we resumed their commitment to the vineyard as part of an inheritance that has been passed down from generation to generation.