Rioja 2012

La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
Maria Eugenia de Montejo
  • La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Finca La Emperatriz, Hernais, Vision Wine Brands
  • Viura Cepas Viejas
  • Finca La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Eduardo Hernaiz Lopes, Finca La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Roberto Hugara, Finca La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Finca La Emperatriz, Viura Cepas Viejas, Vision Wine Brands
  • Finca La Emperatriz, Delfin, Vision Wine Brands
  • Finca La Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Emperatriz Garnacha Cepas Viejas, Vision Wine Brands
  • Ricardo Castiblanco, Julien Boulard, Ignasi Lopez, Vision Wine Brands
  • Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands
  • Emperatriz, Vision Wine Brands, Finca Emperatriz
  • David Gonzales, Eduardo Henaiz Lopes, Victor Hernaiz Lopez, Finca La Emperatriz,

Finca La Emperatriz, in the Rioja Alta, has emerged as one of the great producers of the region. The 101 hectare estate is planted on ancient riverstone from the nearby Oja river. Maria Eugenia de Montejo, the last Emperess of Spain and wife of Napolean III, owned the property during her lifetime. The estate was inherited by the Duquesa D'Alba in the early 20th Century. Its present owners, brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernais Lopez, purchased the estate in 1996 and built a new winery in 2000. They have made all of the right moves in their research, vineyard management, and investment in modern technology, to create classic styled wines. Wine maker David Gonzales knows what he is doing! He has managed to find the balance between the winemaking styles of iconic and respected producers like Lopez Heredia and many of the new modern styles prevalent throughout Rioja. In the blind tastings held during this trip these wines held their own and surpassed the wines of many of the recognized great producers from around the world.