Established in 1890 on the same site of their head offices today, La Rioja Alta remains the benchmark estate for traditional Rioja. The estate’s first wine was the Reserva 1890 and is the predecessor of today’s Gran Reserva 890. Similarly, in 1904 La Rioja Alta merged with the Ardanza winery and the Reserva 1904 was created to commemorate the event; this wine was to eventually become the Gran Reserva 904. The Gran Reservas are only made in exceptional vintages and are considered to be the pinnacle of Rioja today. The estate’s three Reserva wines also have historical links as they are named after the founding families: Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza. 360 hectares of vineyards located in the very best parts of Rioja Alta boast limestone soils on which the Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano vines are planted. La Rioja Alta also have a 63 hectare estate in Tudelilla, Rioja Baja, which boosts their Garnacha yield. In an average year, they harvest 5,000kg per hectare which is 24% less than the maximum adhered to across the region. This results in only very high quality fruit being selected at harvest which clearly translates into each bottle. The estate remains true to traditional practices whilst integrating beneficial modern techniques and in 1996 built a high-tech wine cellar in Labastida that provides the perfect environment for maximising the fermentation process. This is in addition to their Haro winery which embodies the full flavour of traditional Rioja winemaking and the facility is perfect for ageing wines. The estate is also conscious of their impact on the environment and as such have allocated 16 hectares of vineyard to 100% organic viticulture, installed a solar power farm at Labastida, reuse water and manage the use of corks and boxes sustainably.

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