Muga

Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain

Haro, Rioja Alta, Spain Bodegas Muga was created in 1932 by Isaac Muga Martinez and his wife, Auro Caño, both descendants of local wine growing families. The couple established Muga in the center of Haro, a well-known Rioja producing town situated at the west end of the Rioja Alta region. Isaac intended to position himself in the center of many already well-respected bodegas, like La Rioja Alta and the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España or CVNE, all located outside of town near the railway station in the historical Barrio de La Estación He did not survive to see the move completed, though. He died in 1969 and the estate was left to his three children, who oversaw the bodegas move to its new location and the construction of a new tower. These facilities eventually grew to encompass 270,000 square feet and the foundations are over two centuries old, built mainly of stone and oak The cellars of Bodegas Muga include the expected fermentation and ageing rooms and as well its own coopery, which provides the family a constant supply of oak barrels; these vessels are central to the Muga style. In fact, the presence of oak is everywhere in the winery. There are 200 oak deposits as well as 14,000 barrels, made out of different types of oak ranging from French oak (Allier, Tronçais or Jupilles), American, Hungarian, Russian and even the small consignment of Spanish oak.

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