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Marques de Murrieta

The historic winery is located in the Spanish Rioja sub-area Rioja Alta close to Logroño. It was founded in 1852 by Luciano Francisco Ramón Murrieta García Ortiz Lemoine (1822-1911), a native of Peru. He is considered an important Rioja pioneer, who developed many new techniques in Spain at the time, such as expansion in oak barrels introduced and exported Rioja wines in bottles for the first time. In 1872 the Castillo Ygay winery was acquired, on which the wines are now vinified. The Spanish king Amadeo I (1845-1890) awarded him the title of Marqués de Murrieta for his services to the production of high-quality wines from Rioja but also for his social commitment to improving living conditions for the workers. In 1983 Vicente Cebrián Sagarriga (from the aristocratic Creixell family) took over the business; 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 varieties 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 in the region. The top product "Castillo Ygay" comes from 140 hectares of vineyards. The wine is produced in red and white variants. The red Gran Reserva matures in oak barrels for ten years and is only produced once or twice a decade. The English wine author Hugh Johnson referred to 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. Around 1.8 million bottles of wine are produced annually.

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