Marques de Murrieta
Marqués de Murrieta takes its name from one of the modern cornerstones of the Rioja winemaking tradition and founders of the winery in 1852, Luciano de Murrieta. The winery is located in Spain’s notable Rioja region, centred on the 300 hectare Ygay Estate, divided into 28 plots at elevations of 400 to 485 metres. This expansive cultivation is tucked away close to the southern end of the Rioja Alta. This area is often warmer than other Rioja locales and this, combined with the vineyard’s characteristic rich soil, lends to a certain consistency and control from start to finish. The winery maintains a close-knit relationship between the cultivation, harvest and production processes, resulting in an iconic delivery and unique style that emphasizes quality at every turn. The vineyard’s varietals include a majority of Tempranillo, with smaller quantities of Garnacha, Viura, Mazuelo, Graciano and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also offers an exclusive white wine from Albariño grapes grown in Galicio, which is the historical regional from where the the current owner’s regal ancestry emerged as far back as 1511. Known for its focus on crafting wines that are meant for aging, Murrieta offers some of the most prized vintage tastings in the world for the tasting connoisseur.
Castillo de Ygay
26006 Logroo, Spain
Family-owned, led by V. Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell
Murrieta is the most expansive, unbroken single estate in the Rioja region. It is relatively unusual for such a prestigious, large Rioja producer to cultivate its own grapes.
Rioja is the first Spanish wine region to receive D.O. standing in 1925, recently upgrated to D.O.Ca status in 1991.
$40 million renovation was recently completed to provide historical restoration to the facilities as well as prepare the estate for introducing more innovative technologies.
Maria Vargas, one of the most preeminent female winemakers in the region, started at the winery in 1995 and became the head winemaker five years later. Her adept sensitivities and ability to work with the variety of vineyards has helped further the estate’s reputation for renowned, world-class wines.