La Rioja Alta Description
La Rioja Alta winery, established in 1890 by a collaboration of five families from Rioja and Basque regions, is renowned as one of the leading estates in the Rioja area. Its specialty lies in crafting classically-styled, flavorful Gran Reserva red wines that possess the ability to gracefully mature over several decades. The winery got its name from the Rioja Alta subregion, where it primarily conducts its operations.
La Rioja Alta has around 1000 acres of vineyards in Rioja. They mostly grow Tempranillo grapes, but they also cultivate several other varieties such as Graciano, Garnacha, and Mazuelo. The original winery of La Rioja Alta is situated in Haro, featuring a cooperage where American oak barrels are meticulously crafted. Additionally, a second facility was established in Labastida, within the Rioja Alavesa region, in 1996.
The flagship wine within La Rioja Alta’s portfolio is the Gran Reserva 890. It undergoes a meticulous production process, utilizing carefully selected clusters and maturing for approximately six years in first-use barrels. Another notable wine in their range is the Gran Reserva 904, which shares a similar Tempranillo content to the 890, comprising around 90 percent, and is aged in oak for four years.
La Rioja Alta also produces an assortment of wines at the Reserva level, including the Viña Ardanza, which boasts a higher proportion of Garnacha. Completing their diverse lineup are two other wines, the Viña Arana and the Viña Alberdi.
The winery, originally known as the Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta, was established in 1890. In 1904, the Ardanza winery became a part of this estate. In honor of these important events, the top two wines of the estate were named after them. The parent company, Grupo La Rioja Alta, owns the Torre de Oña estate in the Alavesa region of Rioja, Áster in Ribera del Duero, and Lagar de Cervera in the Rias Baixas region of Galicia.