Headed by Joseba Almaraz, Bodega del Medievo was started by a group of farmers and wine dealers who wanted both to enhance and protect the quality and sales of their wines.
They are based in Aldeanueva de Ebro in the La Rioja Baja district - the warmest and most productive sub-zone of Rioja, where grapes ripen consistently. They carefully source their fruit from over 150ha of vineyards, 65% of which are tempranillo, 20% grenache, 10% mazuelo and 5% are graciano.
La Rioja Baja isn't generally renowned for more traditional elegance, but it does produce excellent Rioja in a fruitier, more everyday style. Marques de Mejia is a good-quality, honest Rioja from one of the highest zones in the district, and offers particularly impressive value for money.
Although it doesn't have an official age classification, it is affectionately called a 'semi-crianza' as it is aged for six months in new oak - half that of a crianza's legal requirement - to give a nice lick of true Rioja style.