Today, Murrieta is the largest continuous single estate in the region. It is still comparatively rare for a top Rioja producer, especially one of a certain size, to grow all its own grapes.
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.