Marqués de Riscal | Rioja Alavesa

Marqués de Riscal City of Wine in Rioja

Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja. It was founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga and from the very outset it has been a point of reference in the winemaking industry at both a national and international level.

Marqués de Riscal has access to approximately 1500 hectares of vineyards spread between Elciego and the neighbouring villages of Leza, Laguardia and Villabuena; 500 hectares of their own vineyards and the remainder grown under control of the cellar. This sub zone of the Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been best known for producing wines with good ageing potential, thanks in part to the high acidity and good tannin structure of the musts obtained.

Since 1972, Riscal have also pioneered the wine region of Rueda in order to produce high quality white wines primarily from the indigenous Verdejo grape. Since 2018 the vineyards of Marqués de Riscal in Rueda have been certified as organic.

The iconic status of this innovative Rioja cellar was enhanced further in 2006 with the opening of the "City of Wine" a stunning new state-of-the-art winery and hotel designed by Franc Gehry.