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Artuke Pies Negros 2021

Artuke Pies Negros

An honest "vin de village" which seduces the drinker


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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production60,000 - 65,000 bottles

The wine

The name of the wine — Pies Negros, 'black feet' — is a homage to the tradition of grape-stomping, a tradition still alive and well at the Artuke Bodegas y Viñedos winery. Traditions like this together with the high altitudes of the vineyards deliver an excellent wine whose freshness and typicity give it its unique identity. A perfect wine to get to know the Tempranillo grape and rediscover the Rioja appellation.

What does this wine taste like?

Its cherry colour with violet hues shouts out its fruitiness. This wine is a treat, offering a certain complexity showing the balance between its juicy fruit and the tannins from the grape skin. Bitter delicacies add a touch of elegance to the essence of a simple grape, and make the Pies Negros a very moreish wine. Its aroma combines blackberries and liquorice with flowery hints of violets. Wide, lactic, and balanced on the palate.


Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Sausages and ham
Stews and casseroles
Red meat
Poultry and white meats

Meat rice dishes / Iberian sausages / Magret of duck

Ratings and awards

202092+ PK92 PN
201893 PK93 PN
201792 PK
201691 PK
201590+ PK
201490 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

As I've explained in previous vintages, this wine is produced with grapes from the Sierra Cantabria in the village of Ábalos, so the 2020 Pies Negros is another village wine, even if it won't get the official qualification, as they don't have a winery in Ábalos. It's a blend of 85% Tempranillo with 15% Graciano that fermented with destemmed but uncrushed grapes with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 12 months but with 10% of the volume kept in concrete. It has strong aromatics with pungent notes of licorice and ripe fruit without excess. This is 14% alcohol and has nice balance, a soft texture and very fine and grainy tannins. 63,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 92+ PARKER

Customer reviews

20 reviews


Grapes are hand-collected, destemmed, and crushed through stomping to start off the fermentation of the must. A small quantity of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels before the finished wine is blended in different-aged wooden barrels to maintain the primary tones of the grape.

Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench and American oak


We can call the Pies Negros a village wine as all the grapes used in its production come from the small village of Ábalos, in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The first vines were planted here on these chalky soils way back in the 1920s. Worked in an environmentally-friendly way at heights of 600 metres above sea level, the resulting wines capture the true character of the Atlantic.

Vine ageBetween 32 and 98 years
ClimateAtlantic with Mediterranean influence
YieldsLow yields
Altitude600.00 meters

The winery

Artuke, Bodegas y Viñedos

Artuke, Bodegas y Viñedos

Artuke is a family-run winery owned by the Miguel Blanco family and located in the town of Baños de Ebro. It maintains 17 hectares of vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa, from where it produces wines with a distinct personality. Inheriting the tradition passed down from his forebears, Roberto decided to build the present winery in 1985, setting it up with the technology and equipment required for keeping wine production going and enabling it to cope with growing demand. Today, it...