Muga was founded in 1932, and stands in El Barrio de la Estación, the railway quarter, in Haro. Today, Jorge Muga looks after the vineyards and the winemaking. He makes fine and elegant wines including this superb Gran Reserva made from grapes from mountain vineyards. This is one of the greatest traditionally farmed Riojas. Made from 80% tempranillo with 20% garnacha, mazuelo and graciano, it was aged for 36 months in barricas.
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Muga, the most traditional of Rioja’s bodegas, with not a stainless steel tank in sight, is based in the old railway quarter of Haro, capital of Rioja Alta. Founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Marínez and his wife Auro Caño, both from winemaking families, it is run today by their three sons.
Winemaker Jorge Muga leads from the front with his meticulous attention to detail in all areas of production. The cellars not only include the usual fermentation and ageing rooms but also an in-house cooperage which makes the barrels, from a variety of oak sources, which are so key to the Muga style. At any given time, there are some 17 thousand barrels here, of which around 60% are French – mainly Allier and Tronçais – while the rest are made from American oak shipped from Kentucky and Ohio. Whatever its origins, it is all air-dried here for two years before being profiled, compressed, shaped and toasted by the Muga coopering team.
Visiting tastebuds will limber up, in preparation for the bodega’s classic reds, with a refreshing modern white or mouth-watering rosado
. Muga Blanco is a creamy 90% viura with 10% malvasia, three months in Allier barrels giving just a subtle dash of oak. Muga Rosado, harvested from specific plots is a saigneé
blend of grenache, viura and tempranillo – is fermented in small wooden vats. Show More...
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