Marqués de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking. The estate was established in 1852 in the world renowned Rioja region of Spain. Today V. Dalmau Cebrián-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, leads the family-owned company.
Rioja was the first Spanish wine region to obtain D.O. status in 1925, and in 1991 it was promoted to D.O.Ca standing.
With a $40 million investment project just completed, the Marqués de Murrieta family is replanting and improving the cultivation of the vineyards, building a state of the art winery within the walls of a national landmark and restoring the historical palace facilities, built in 1852.
V. DALMAU CEBRIÁN-SAGARRIGA
Count of Creixell, Owner
María Vargas is one of the highest-profile female winemakers in Rioja, and very much a part of Murrieta’s transformation. She joined the winery as assistant winemaker in 1995, and took over the top position in 2000. Vargas is a brilliant blender as well as a sensitive winemaker, adept at combining the different plots of Murrieta’s vineyards to make exceptional wines with character and quality.