Bodegas Herederos del Marqués de Riscal
Marqués de Riscal
Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, from the outset it has been a point of reference in the winemaking business at both national and international level.
Marqués de Riscal, its philosophy
Throughout its history, Marqués de Riscal has always been an innovating, pioneering cellar and reference in a constantly changing winemaking sector. We seek to make wines which are original, fresh, elegant and easy to drink. Since the beginning we've always had a clear vocation to export. Nowadays we can be found in nearly 110 countries to which we export 65% of our production.
In 1858 the construction of the first cellar begun and the increasing wine production required the facilities to be enlarged in 1883. Further extensions followed in 1968 and 2000. Inside the original (1860) cellar is the Cathedral, a unique collection made up of bottles from every vintage produced by the winery since the very first harvest in 1862 to the present.
The grapes used to make Marqués de Riscal wines are grown in 1,500Ha. spread between Elciego and neighbouring villages such as Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena. The poor soils, from the different terraces over the river Ebro, are of the chalky clay kind. This sub zone of the Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been best known for producing wines with good ageing potential, thanks to the high acidity and good tannin structure of the musts obtained.
(Source: Marqués de Riscal Spain)