Initially started as the dream of one man, Don Felipe Ugalde in 1882, this winery has seen ongoing growth and development over the years. Don’s aim was simple, to be one of the countries most prestigious Bodega’s. Although his winery passed down the family line, it was through marriage that it became united with Bodegas Muerza, hence losing its identity. Today it is owned by the group Principe de Viana who acquired it in 1983 providing investment in new equipment, staff and in 2001 a new winery, 10km outside Logrono, complete with an underground ageing cellar. The new cellars incorporated modern equipment such as self-weighing hoppers, pneumatic presses and self-emptying stainless steel vats. This level of development has allowed not only the fruit from their own vineyards to be processed but also that of surrounding contract growers so that it has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.
Ruby red colour of medium intensity, clean and bright. Delicate and elegant balsamic aromas with well-integrated toasted hints. Soft and fine on the palate, with well balanced structure and a velvety texture.
Lovely with risotto - try with pearl barley risotto with chorizo.
The different grape varieties from several vineyards in the estate are vinified separately under strict temperature control, following individual maceration and extraction techniques depending on their different potential. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days at a maximum temperature of 29ºC. Maceration in contact with the skins for 15 days at 18ºC
Racking and malolactic fermentation subsequently, after which the first coupage is laid to rest in barrels.
Decanter Awards, 2019: 91/100 points. Top 10 Best Wines - Rioja 10 x 10 Awards, 2019. International Wine & Spirits Competition: 90/100 points. Gold Medal, Rioja Masters, 2020.