Bodegas La Rioja Alta

D.O.: Rioja

Bodega La Rioja Alta is one of the greatest wineries in Rioja. This historic winery was created in 1890 and makes excellent wines in the traditional way, excelling in the technique of barrel-ageing. Proof of this is the 72 months that Rioja Alta 890 spends in the barrel, a true work of art.

Bodega La Rioja Alta is one of the greatest wineries in Rioja. This historic winery was created in 1890 and makes excellent wines in the traditional way, excelling in the technique of barrel-ageing. Proof of this is the 72 months that Rioja Alta 890 spends in the barrel, a true work of art.

HISTORY OF THE WINERY

Bodega La Rioja Alta's roots go back to 1890. It was created under the name of "Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta" by five winemakers from the Basque country and Rioja in Barrio de la Estación in the town of Haro, the area with the highest concentration of wineries per square metre in the world.

The aim was to make very high quality Rioja wines in the traditional way, an objective that is still effective today.

In 1941 the company changed its name to the name it's known by today: Bodega La Rioja Alta. One year later they created the brand that is probably responsible for the fame brought to the winery: Viña Ardanza.

The 70s were years of consolidation and expansion. They built a new barrel cellar for ageing the wines, bought various plots of land and create new brands like Viña Arana and Viña Alberdi.

At the end of the 90s Bodega Rioja Alta built a second winery to compliment the original one in Barrio de la Estación de Haro. This second winery, situated only 1500 metres away from the original, is used to ferment the wines whilst the original one is used for the ageing.

Today the winery belongs of the Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A., the group that own the wineries Torre de Oña, Aster and Lagar de Cervera.

PHILOSOPHY OF WORK

Bodega La Rioja Alta have more 350 hectares of vineyards situated in the Rioja Alta región, in the towns of Rodezno, Labastida, Briones, Cenicero, Fuenmayor and 63 hectares in the Rioja Baja, in the town of Tudelilla, where they plant the Grenache variety. The vineyards are planted in chalky soil, with low yields and very high quality grapes.

Bodega La Rioja Alta grows their vines in a sustainable and non-aggressive way. They don't use fertilizers and they apply as few treatments as possible.

The wines are made in the new winery in Labastida, a modern winery built with the aim of guaranteeing an excellent fermentation process, whilst the ageing takes place in the old winery in Barrio de la Estación de Haro, a pretty set of stone buildings from the 19th century, able to hold about 46,000 American oak barrels.

It is one of the few wineries to still have its own cooperage where the barrels used to age wine are repaired by hand.

The winery has various ageing cellars in which they still manually rack the barrels, barrel by barrel, thereby cleaning and aerating the wine to improve its ageing potential.

BODEGA LA RIOJA ALTA WINES

Bodega La Rioja Alta makes excellent, high quality wines.

Viña Alberdi is a Tempranillo single-varietal aged for 24 months in American oak barrels.

Viña Arana, a blend of Tempranillo and Mazuelo aged for 36 months in American oak barrels.

Viña Ardanza, one of the winery's most famous wines. A blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta aged for 36 months in American oak barrels.

Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva. An excellent red wine that shows Bodega Rioja Alta's experience and expertise in ageing wine. It's a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano aged for 48 months in American oak barrels.

Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva is the greatest exponent of the technique of ageing wine. 72 months in American oak barrel make this Tempranillo single-varietal a sheer delight. A true work of art.

Featured wines from La Rioja Alta:

  • Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Magnum 2005

    Red wine Gran Reserva. Volume: Magnum Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo and Graciano.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Decántalo 95
    • Parker 96
    • Peñin 95
    66,50 VAT incl.
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    Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva Magnum 2005

    Red wine Gran Reserva. Volume: Magnum Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo and Graciano.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Decántalo: 95
    • Parker: 96
    • Peñin: 95
    66,50 VAT incl.
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  • Viña Alberdi 2010

    Red wine Crianza. 24 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo 92
    • Parker 91
    • Peñin 92
    11,85 VAT incl.
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    11,40 €/u
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    Viña Alberdi 2010

    Red wine Crianza. 24 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo: 92
    • Parker: 91
    • Peñin: 92
    11,85 VAT incl.
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    11,40 €/u
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  • Viña Ardanza Magnum 2007

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels and 36 months in bottle. Volume: Magnum Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Decántalo 94
    • Parker 93
    41,50 VAT incl.
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    Viña Ardanza Magnum 2007

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels and 36 months in bottle. Volume: Magnum Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

    Magnum 1,5l
    • Decántalo: 94
    • Parker: 93
    41,50 VAT incl.
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  • Viña Arana 2008

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Mazuela and Tempranillo.

    14,70 VAT incl.
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    Viña Arana 2008

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Mazuela and Tempranillo.

    14,70 VAT incl.
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    13,85 €/u
  • Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2005

    Red wine Gran Reserva. 48 months in American oak barrels and 48 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo and Graciano.

    • Decántalo 95
    • Parker 96
    • Peñin 95
    31,95 VAT incl.
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    Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2005

    Red wine Gran Reserva. 48 months in American oak barrels and 48 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Tempranillo and Graciano.

    • Decántalo: 95
    • Parker: 96
    • Peñin: 95
    31,95 VAT incl.
  • Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 'Selección Especial' 2004

    Red wine Gran Reserva. 60 months in bottle and 72 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Mazuela and Graciano and Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo 93
    • Parker 94
    • Peñin 98
    92,00 VAT incl.
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    87,25 €/u
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    Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva 'Selección Especial' 2004

    Red wine Gran Reserva. 60 months in bottle and 72 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Mazuela and Graciano and Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo: 93
    • Parker: 94
    • Peñin: 98
    92,00 VAT incl.
    6x
    87,25 €/u
    Last 1 available!
  • Viña Ardanza 2007

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels and 36 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo 93
    • Parker 94
    -5% 19,10 €
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    Viña Ardanza 2007

    Red wine Reserva. 36 months in American oak barrels and 36 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: La Rioja Alta. Production area: Rioja. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo.

    • Decántalo: 93
    • Parker: 94
    -5% 19,10 €
    18,10 VAT incl.
    Reduced price!
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