Excavated over several centuries, THE UNDERGROUND CAVES of this winery are Rioja’s most impressive underground cellar system in terms of age, architecture and dimensions, extending over one kilometre in length. and being used to store bottle collections from legendary vintages: 1892, 1918, 1948, 1964…
Corridors full of history, galleries that blend in with the darkness, jaw-dropping vaults and little nooks with special magnetism. These Cellars imbued with the ancient culture of wine and the imprint of an ancient skill where started being dug in the late Middle Ages, boast large masonry foundations and architectural details in the Moorish style.
Our exclusive tour, provides the opportunity to visit this singular place and enjoy a special experience encompassing culture, history and wine.
After the visit, we will taste 1 wine in the underground cellar and 2 more wines in their special wine tasting room
If this winery or winemaker is not available, we will pick another similar one
The story of the Marqués de Murrieta winery is inextricably intertwined with the history of Rioja wine. The winery’s founder, the Marqués de Murrieta, imported production techniques into Spain from Bordeaux. In 1852 he produced his first wine in Logroño, moving into the Ygay Estate in the late 1870s. Located at the heart of La Rioja, the estate is home to Ygay Castle, headquarters of the Marqués de Murrieta wineries. The castle is surrounded by 300 hectares of vineyards.
In 1983 Cebrián-Sagarriga family took up the mantle, commencing in 2007 meticulous restoration work on Ygay Castle which was finished in 2014, the year the winery reopened its doors. Visitors can now enjoy guided tours beginning in the vineyard, continuing through renovated century-old areas, and culminating in a professional tasting of the winery’s wines.
Recognised as one of Europe’s most iconic century-old industrial buildings, Ygay Castle accommodates the whole of Marqués de Murrieta’s winemaking history, a history which laid the foundations of the D.O.Ca. Rioja Designation of Origin. Inside the castle you can visit the historic production cellar, the cask ageing rooms and the collection of wines from 1852 to the present, inspecting historic Marqués de Murrieta labels and documents along the way. It is a private collection of incalculable value.
After a full visit of the winery, we will taste 4 of their fantastic wines( White, Reserva & Gran Reserva) paired with 4 Haute Cuisine Degustation courses
We can extend the tasting of wines and food pairing to 6 wines and 6 paired courses for an extra fee
Situated on a hill and surrounded by a 13th century wall, it is a natural balcony towards the wine region. Its streets and corners preserved medieval taste great and economy is based on the wine industry with many subterranean cave-wine-cellars.
We will take you to get external views & photo opportunities of the unique architecture wineries as Marques del Riscal & Ysios