The Bodega is to be found at Zurukoain in the Basque region of Navarra of northern Spain and is run by Bittor Arbe and Kepa Larunbe. There are seven vineyards - Burunziain, Ernobeleta, Aritzarotz, Magdalena, El Cerrao, San Lorenzo and Apalaz - totalling 20 hectares and each is treated organically. Grapes grown include Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnatxa Tinto and Garnatxa white. The estate is relatively new having been established in 1998 and 'Aroa' is a Basque word that means 'optimum' referring to the ideal time to make wine. In addition to the winery there is also an award-winning restaurant on site that produces locally sourced food to compliment the estate's wines. This award-winning Garnatxa Tinto (red Grenache) comes from 50 year old vines and is unoaked.
A deep purple-red in colour with aromas of black cherries, blueberries and figs. On the palate, fresh and smooth with notes of sweet spices and red fruits. Silky in texture with balanced tannins and a solid mineral backbone leading to a lengthy and refreshing finish. Great accompaniment to the local Gabure (chicken and cabbage stew with lemon, cinnamon and basil), oxtail stew with chillies or chilled with a tomato and watermelon salad.