Bodegas Muja:”The Muga wine cellars were founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martínez who originated from a family with strong ties to the winemaking industry. On the death of the founder in 1969, his children Manuel, Isabel and Isaac Muga Caño took over the reins.
Two years later in 1971, they moved their headquarters to their present location in the traditional Station District on the outskirts of Haro. Bodegas Muga has continued to grow as the years have passed but it has never lost the spirit or aptitude of a family-run company.
The winery controls every step of the viticultural and vinification process from the vineyards to making their own barrels and fermenting and aging the wine entirely in oak. Muga is one of only six estates in the world that owns its own cooperage and they import the oak directly from the United States and France. Bodegas Muga is one of the oldest, most elegant and traditional Rioja producers.”—Wine.com
About the wine: Reserva produced from a completely traditional and sustainable style of Riojan viticulture, which is in fact organic, but uncertified. Vineyards that are planted in the coolest, highest altitude parts of Rioja Alta.
Winemaking A pied de cuve is done to guarantee the quality of the indigenous fermentation in vats that are assembled by the winery’s cooper. This is completely unique to Bodegas Muga. The wines are macerated and ferment in these vats and are transferred to barrels assembled at the winery for ageing.
Aging 24 months in barrels with French & American oak chosen and assembled into barrels by Muga’s cooper. 12 months in bottle after egg white fining.
Comments A traditional Rioja Reserva, produced from the most important indigenous Rioja varietals. Bodegas Muga is one of the most traditional and important Rioja wineries, and the only winery in Spain with their own master cooper.