Winemaking

Marqués de Murrieta, Castillo de Ygay barrels
Marqués de Murrieta, Castillo de Ygay barrels

Winemaking Style

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.

Marqués de Murrieta, barrels in steam
Marqués de Murrieta, barrels in steam