96% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano
Predominant variety, short cycle and delicate cultivation.
Late variety with a long, vigorous and productive cycle
A privileged region for the cultivation of vines and for the production of high quality wines with a unique personality and great aging potential. The production area of the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin is located in the north of Spain on both sides of the Ebro river.
The geographical accidents have helped to shape a natural region perfectly delimited and differentiated from its surroundings, although administratively the 63,593 hectares of vineyards protected by the denomination are distributed by the three provinces of the territory that border the upper course of the Ebro:
La Rioja (43,885 ha.), Álava (12,934 ha.) And Navarra (6,774 ha.).
The grape used in Marqués de Riscal wines grows on 1,500 Ha. Distributed between Elciego and neighboring towns such as Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena.
The poor soils, coming from the different terraces of the Ebro river, are of the calcareous clay type. This sub-area of Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been characterized by producing wines with a good aging capacity, thanks to musts with marked acidity and good tannic structure .
Matured for a minimum period of 12 months in oak barrels.