In 1987, Gonzalo Antón, in conjunction with a group of friends and business associates from Vitoria, decided to set up an innovative project in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. Thus Bodegas Izadi came into being, situated in the triangle formed by the towns of Villabuena, Samaniego and Ábalos, the triangular motif on its labels, and with the clear objective of giving maximum expression to the fruit of that particular location, that natural environment so well-loved (Izadi means ‘nature’ in Basque), integrating innovation and tradition. This particular vineyard is situated 800m above sea level where the vines are planted in a mix of calcareous and clay soils.
Izadi is also one of the few wineries truly involved with gastronomy, aware that even though there’s a wine for every moment, on 90% of occasions it’s served and enjoyed accompanied by food; and so that’s why Izadi offers a wide variety of wines, all of which are very versatile. It’s slogan leaves us in no doubt: “Wine and gastronomy are our passion”.
Since 2001, Lalo Antón has been heading up and managing the winery, and responsible for having driven forward business beyond local boundaries, as well as having started a programme of expansion with the successful Artevino group.
Great with chicken, salads and oily fishes