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The history of Rioja Vega goes back to 1882 when Don Felipe Ugalde established a Bodega bearing his name in Haro. In 1948, the Ugalde family became related by marriage to the Muerza, another winemaking family of the neighbourhood. Both Bodegas joined forces establishing the production in San Adrián under the name of Bodegas Muerza. Many years later in 1983, the winery was acquired by Group Príncipe de Viana who have completely modernised the winery and upgraded the vineyards. Today, they tend 60 hectares and have storage for two million bottles. Made from Tempranillo and Mazuelo. The wine is oaked during 14 months in small barrels. Aromas of toast with hints of eucalyptus over a background of black fruits. Sweet and balanced on the palate.

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