Talking about Marqués de Riscal means talking about prestige, innovation, non-conformism and quality, values that have been shown since 1858, when this winery was founded. We are in front of the oldest wineries within the D.O. Rioja, essential in the birth of the D.O. Rueda and with no doubt, one of the most daring and pioneering wineries due to its way of understanding the wine industry.
History of the winery
The history of the winery Marqués de Riscal started in 1858, when the Marquis, who lived in Bordeaux at that time, was given the job of establishing the techniques from Bordeaux in Rioja.
Two years later, the project of the winery Marqués de Riscal became a reality and started a journey to pursue the perfection of their wines, which would immediately begin by obtaining some first praises such as the Diploma of Honour obtained in 1865 in the Bordeaux Exhibition, thus becoming the first non-French winery which obtained such a precious award.
In 1970, Marqués de Riscal, already a reference in Rioja for more than a century, could boast of its transgressor spirit as far as Rueda, an area which was traditionally remembered for its sweet and Amontillado wines which started to produce young and fresh white wines. The results did not take long, and the excellent white wines obtained caused the establishment of other wineries to this area, making the winery Marqués de Riscal, the key piece for the birth of the Designation of Origin Rueda in 1980.
Since that moment and until today, the winery Marqués de Riscal has been always devoted to this innovative view. A clear example of this philosophy is found in the transgressive architecture of its new headquarter, designed by the architect Frank Gehry in 2007.
Currently, Marqués de Riscal owns 1,500 hectares of vineyards, 600 of which belong to the winery itself, where Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are cultivated.
One of the key factors for the quality of this winery's wines lies in the meticulous process of selection of the grapes. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that Marqués de Riscal was one of the pioneering wineries regarding the implementation of tables during the manual selection of the grapes as well as the early usage of the most advanced technologies of wine-making control.
Wines from Marqués de Riscal
Enjoying a red wine by Marqués de Riscal is synonym of drinking a great Rioja. The result of the effort of the winery is shown in the production of original, fresh, balanced and easy drinking wines. A great example of genuineness of this designation.
From the flagship of the winery, Marqués de Riscal Reserva, a classic Rioja wine full of elegance, to such exclusive gems as Marqués de Riscal Frank Gehry Selection, the best wine of Spain according to the guide Guía Repsol 2009.
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