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Paz Ivison

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Founded in 1772, this sherry company has been around for almost 250 years and is still owned and run by the same family today. Its undisputed symbol, the Osborne bull, has been reprieved and has just celebrated its 60th birthday with the same fighting fettle and fine presence...
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This iconic Rioja winery continues to grow at all levels. At the end of a mammoth, eight year renovation project, the winery has become a true “cathedral” of wine in the broadest sense of the world. The reconstruction of the Castillo de Ygay, stone-by-stone, in the same place it...
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Herederos del Marqués de Riscal

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The famous Rioja wine was born in Elciego, a small village in the province of Alava, in the mid-nineteenth century. A lady - Doña Marceliana Hurtado de Amezaga – played a part in its creation, but it was her nephew - Don Camilo, the Marqués de Riscal - diplomat, journalist,...
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This is not a play on words, despite seeming so. The use of the expression “pago” in the oenological field encompasses so many meanings that it becomes difficult to convey any sort of clarity to the end consumer. Singling out the best, we attempt to shed some light on these...
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In 1892, exactly two years after the founding of the Rioja Alta winery, the image of four oak trees by the River Oja was adopted by this great Riojan winery, which celebrates its 125 year anniversary this year. The heirs of the five founding families have successfully turned the...
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In the 18th Century, the extraordinary fame of the wines from Malaga crossed borders as they were the favourite wines of the sweet-toothed Tsarina.  The first winery to bottle this type of wine was created over 150 years ago by the López brothers, dubbed "the Lions" for their...
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It sounds like the title of a film, but the fact is that wine and chocolate were actually at the origin of this great Rioja winery, over a century old and inimitable in its style and personality. Its founder was attracted to Haro for the quality of its chocolate factories, an...
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The great Riojan Orchestra

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From a relatively short line of winemakers (since 1870), everything this family touches turns to gold. Despite the title of this section, we cannot talk about “the” winery, because in actual fact this family has four - the luxury quartet of Sierra Cantabria, Viñedos Sierra...
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The founder of this famous sherry bodega was born in the village of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the province of Cadiz, in the same year that the 1812 Constitution, known as La Pepa, was enacted. But this is mere coincidence and not the reason why the most international of the...
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The maestro Mariano García founded his winery in a town which features the glorious river in its name, Tudela de Duero.  He knew perfectly well that it was outside the legendary Denomination of Origin. This was at a time when the Ribera del Duero was starting to glimpse glory,...
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