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Marqués de Murrieta

The historic winery is located in the Spanish Rioja sub-area Rioja Alta near Logroño. It was founded in 1852 by the native Peruvian Luciano Francisco Ramón Murrieta Garcia Ortiz Lemoine (1822-1911). He is considered a significant Rioja pioneer, who introduced many new techniques in Spain at that time, such as expansion in Spain oak barrels introduced Rioja wines in bottles for the first time. In 1872 the winery Castillo Ygay was acquired, where today the wines are vinified. The Spanish King Amadeo I (1845-1890) awarded him the title of Marqués de Murrieta for his services to the extraction of quality wines from Rioja, but also for his social commitment to improved living conditions for the workers. In 1983, the company was taken over by Vicente Cebrián Sagarriga (from the aristocratic Creixell family); Today it is run by his son Vicente Dalmau Cebriàn. The responsible oenologist is Maria Vargas.

The vineyards cover over 300 hectares of vineyards, with the red wines Tempranillo. mazuelo. Graciano and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the white wine varieties Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia Riojana ( alarije ) and Viura ( Macabeo ) are planted. The wines are among the longest-lived in the region. The top product "Castillo Ygay" comes from 140 hectares of vineyards. The wine is produced in red and white varieties. The red Gran Reserva matures in oak barrels for ten years and is produced only once or twice a decade. The English wine author Hugh Johnson described him as "Mouton-Rothschild of Spain". The outstanding vintage 1925 Gran Reserva Especial is considered Wine of the century, The white "Dorado de Murrieta Reserva" (over 90% Viura, Malvasía Riojana, Garnacha Blanca) matures in oak barrels for 40 months. Every year around 1.8 million bottles of wine are produced.

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