The historic Marqués de Murrieta bodega was founded in 1878, although wines were made as early as 1852. It lies in the heart of Rioja Alta on the outskirts of Logroño and is one of Rioja's most traditional bodegas. It is a single estate of outstanding beauty and size: around 300 hectares farmed to mostly tempranillo (90%) with the remaining made up of garnacha, graciano, mazuelo and viura.
The estate therefore produces mostly red wines: the reserva is carefully matured for 22 months in American oak, whilst the outstanding Gran Reserva Ygay spends over 30 months in barrel. The grapes for Ygay come from a single vineyard, called La Plana, its elevation of around 485 metres means that the grapes ripen with excellent fruit concentration and fine, fresh acidity.
Finally, the single-vineyard Capellania (planted to viura) has become one of Rioja's finest white wines. It is an excellent example of white Rioja aged 22 months in barricas, using the beneficial effects of oxygen to develop the nutty, savoury flavours and broad texture that reflect the good old-fashioned style of white Rioja.