Marqués de Murrieta

For the last two years, Master of Wine Tim Atkin has published a classification of Rioja wineries. The unofficial guide is styled after the 1855 Bordeaux classification “based on the quality of each winery and its wines.” Atkins has ranked Marqués de Murrieta as the top “First Growth” both years, the highest standing.

Marqués de Murrieta also stands as the most recognized winery on Atkin’s podium: “Best Winemaker of the Year in Rioja” for María Vargas, and “Best White Wine of the Year” for Murrieta’s Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986. He awarded the Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 98 points, the publication’s highest score.

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, brought production techniques to 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. Recognised as one of the most iconic century-old structures in Europe’s wine culture, Castillo Ygay accommodates the whole of Marqués de Murrieta’s winemaking history, a history that laid the foundations of the Rioja Designation of Origin DOCa.

In 1983, the Cebrián-Sagarriga family took up Murrieta’s mantle. In 2007, they commenced meticulous restoration work on Ygay Castle that was finished in 2014 – the year the winery reopened its doors. Visitors can now tour the vineyards and century-old facilities, in addition to tasting the Estate’s wines. Inside the castle are the historic production cellar, the cask ageing rooms, and the collected wines dating from 1852 to the present. It is a private collection of incalculable value.

With the opening of two new production facilities in  2017, Vicente D. Cebrián-Sagarriga, the Count of Creixell and current Chairman of Marqués de Murrieta, will have completed the first stage of the modernization of this historic winery. With the help of his young, highly-skilled team, the Count has linked the history of Rioja’s first winery with its present, while creating a glimpse of a future of craftsmanship and innovation.

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Viura / Macabeo

Marqués de Murrieta “Castillo Ygay” Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986 [3/cs]

“I have been terribly excited about this wine since I first learned that (part of) it was still in cement waiting to be bottled...
Spain Rioja
Tempranillo

Marqués de Murrieta “Castillo Ygay” Gran Reserva Especial 2007 [6/cs]

Marqués de Murrieta’s “Castillo Ygay” is a renowned label, an icon of total quality and excellence in Gran Reservas. The historic wine is produced...
Spain Rioja
Tempranillo

Marqués de Murrieta “Dalmau” Rioja 2012 [6/cs]

“Dalmau”, a limited-production single-vineyard wine, reflects a modern facet of Marqués de Murrieta. The best fruit is selected from the Estate’s old Canajas vineyard,...
Spain Rioja
Viura / Macabeo

Marqués de Murrieta Capellania 2012 [6/cs]

Capellania is a single-vineyard wine of limited production. Planted in 1945, the low-yielding Capellania vineyard is perched at the Ygay Estate’s highest point, 485...
Spain Rioja
Tempranillo

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva 2010 [6/cs]

To qualify as a Gran Reserva, a wine must remain in oak for two or more years, and then in bottle for three or...
Spain Rioja
Tempranillo

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2012

To be classified as a “Reserva”, a wine must spend one year or more in oak, followed by two or more in bottle. Fruit...