A História Fascinante da Bodega La Rioja Alta: Excelência e Tradição

The Fascinating History of Bodega La Rioja Alta: Excellence and Tradition

The passion for wine is a characteristic that unites all oenophiles. At Vinogrande, we like to share stories of wineries that not only produce exceptional wines, but also have a rich history behind them. Today, we invite you to discover Adega Rioja Alta SA, a true icon of Spanish winemaking, with more than a century of tradition.

Born in the 19th Century

The history of Rioja Alta SA begins in 1890, when five Riojan and Basque families founded the "Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta" in the famous Barrio de la Estación in Haro. From the beginning, this winery stood out for its innovation and the quality of its wines. Its first president was Dª Saturnina García Cid y Gárate, a visionary woman who paved the way in a predominantly male industry. Frenchman Monsieur Vigier was the house's first winemaker, responsible for creating the Reserva 1890, predecessor of the current Gran Reserva 890.

Growth and Merger in the 20th Century

The 20th century was a period of great growth and transformation for Rioja Alta SA. In 1904, D. Alfredo Ardanza, founder of La Rioja Alta and owner of Bodega Ardanza, proposed the merger of both companies. To celebrate this union, Reserva 1904 was created, the predecessor of the prestigious Gran Reserva 904, which is still one of the winery's most emblematic wines.

In 1941, the winery adopted the definitive name we know today: La Rioja Alta, SA. A year later, on September 28, 1942, it registered the brand Viña Ardanza, which quickly gained fame and became a reference among wine lovers. .

Expansion and Innovation in the 21st Century

At the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century, Rioja Alta SA continued to expand and innovate. In 1995, the winery acquired Bodega Torre de Oña, SA, located in Páganos (Rioja Alavesa). This acquisition included the Bodega, Casa Palacio, Ermita and 45 hectares of vineyards. The first wine produced in this new property was Barón de Oña Reserva 1989, further consolidating Rioja Alta SA's reputation for excellence

In 1996, Rioja Alta SA took a significant step by building a new winery in the municipality of Labastida. Equipped with the latest technology, this installation allowed a significant increase in the quality of the wines produced, reflecting the winery's ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence.

Rioja Alta SA's dedication has been widely recognized over the years. In 2018, its Gran Reserva 890-2005 wine reached 4th position on the list of "Best Wines in the World" attributed by Wine Spectator magazine. This prestigious recognition further consolidated the winery’s position on the international wine scene.

In 2022, the winery was named the "4th Most Admired Bodega in the World" by Drinks International, a testament to the respect and admiration that Rioja Alta SA has earned globally.

More recently, in 2024, Gran Reserva 890-2010 became the first wine from the winery to receive four resounding "100 points" from specialized critics. This extraordinary achievement highlights the unceasing dedication to quality and perfection that characterizes Rioja Alta SA

A Timeless Passion for Wine

The history of Rioja Alta SA is a testament to passion, tradition and innovation. Since its founding in 1890, this winery has been producing high-quality wines that reflect the rich winemaking heritage of the Rioja region. With a history that spans three centuries, Rioja Alta SA continues to be a reference for all wine enthusiasts looking for authenticity and excellence.


For wine enthusiasts in Portugal, Rioja Alta SA offers a journey through time and flavor, where each bottle tells a unique story of tradition and passion. At Vinogrande, we are proud to bring you wines that encapsulate the essence of one of the most respected wineries in Spain. We invite you to explore and taste these exceptional wines, available in our online store.

Discover the magic of Rioja Alta SA wines and allow yourself to be transported to the heart of the Rioja wine region, where every sip is a celebration of history and excellence.

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