““If Rioja has a bodega that can rival the appearance of a great Bordeaux château – a Margaux, Cos d’Estournel or Pichon Baron perhaps – then it is surely Murrieta. Turn off the busy main road from Logroño to Zaragoza and the winery sits at the end of a long drive, surrounded by lawns and cypress trees. Built in 1872 and lovingly restored in 2013, it makes wines that are every bit as stylish as its façade, combining traditional and contemporary techniques. Murrieta made its first wines in 1852, but its modern success dates to 1982, when it was acquired by the Count of Creixell, Vicente Cebrián-Sagarriga, who planted new vineyards and began to update the old cellars. His son, also Vicente, has gone even further since he took over after his father’s death in 1996, helped by long-term winemaker, María Vargas. The winery’s 300ha produce some of the best and most celebrated wines in Spain, led by its occasional Castillo Ygay bottlings (both red and white), Dalmau (one of the few local wines that includes Cabernet Sauvignon) and its ageworthy Capellanía white. Also commendable is its reliable Reserva, which accounts for 85% of Murrieta’s production.” – Tim Atkin, MW, Decanter, Feb 2018″
The story of the Marqués de Murrieta winery is inextricably intertwined with the history of Rioja wine. The winery’s founder, the Marqués de Murrieta, imported production techniques into Spain from Bordeaux. In 1852 he produced his first wine in Logroño, moving into the Ygay Estate in the late 1870s. Located at the heart of La Rioja, the estate is home to Ygay Castle, headquarters of the Marqués de Murrieta wineries. The castle is surrounded by 300 hectares of vineyards.
In 1983 Cebrián-Sagarriga family took up the mantle, commencing in 2007 meticulous restoration work on Ygay Castle which was finished in 2014, the year the winery reopened its doors. Visitors can now enjoy guided tours beginning in the vineyard, continuing through renovated century-old areas, and culminating in a professional tasting of the winery’s wines.
MURRIETA CAPELLANIA BLANCO
MARQUES DE MURRIETA RESERVA
MARQUES DE MURRIETA GRAN RESERVA
DALMAU RIOJA TINTO RESERVA
CASTILLO YGAY RIOJA GRAN RESERVA