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Marqués de Riscal D.O. Ca. Rioja

Winery D.O.Ca. Rioja - Elciego (Álava)


In 1858 the construction of the first cellar begun and the increasing wine production required the facilities to be enlarged in 1883. Further extensions followed in 1968 and 2000.

Inside the original (1860) cellar is the Cathedral, a unique collection made up of bottles from every vintage produced by the winery since the very first harvest in 1862 to the present.


“To speak of the Cathedral is to speak of the living history of Vinos de Los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal and Rioja wines in general”


The grapes used to make Marqués de Riscal wines are grown in 1,500Ha. spread between Elciego and neighbouring villages such as Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena. The poor soils, from the different terraces over the river Ebro, are of the chalky clay kind.

This sub zone of the Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been best known for producing wines with good ageing potential, thanks to the high acidity and good tannin structure of the musts obtained.



Marqués de Riscal Vineyards

  • 500 Ha of our own Tempranillo, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mazuelo vines.
  • 985 Ha of external vineyards controlled by the cellar.


Grape Varieties

Tempranillo: predominant variety with a short growing cycle and delicate cultivation.

Graciano: late-ripening variety with a long growth cycle, hardy and high-yielding.

Mazuelo: minority variety in recession, late-ripening and hardy.

Cabernet Sauvignon: As well as the rest of the varieties, Marqués de Riscal has cultivated this variety since 1858, the year of its foundation. With a long cycle, hardy character and marked varietal character.



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