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Finca la Emperatriz – a unique estate, a unique wine from Rioja

This estate has a long history back to 19th century. It belonged to the last empress of France, Eugenia de Montijo. The winery was planted with vines and making wine back in the 1870’s and it had already shown the potential of this land at that time. The wine won the prize for their quality in Paris and Haro wine competition. In 1996, the Hernáiz family purchased this estate and now brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz took charge of a project aimed at producing quality wines.

Finca la Emperatriz is located in the very northwest of Rioja Alta at 570m above sea level. This is the coolest area of Rioja and influenced by the air from the pacific ocean. The wine is medium body, more acidity, medium tannin and elegance. The vineyard has been divided into a number of plots depending on grapes variety, the age of the vines etc. Eduardo and Victor decided to apply viticulture and oenology that were customized to each of the plots in accordance with their characteristics, in order to obtain wines with different personalities.

They have just built a new smaller cement and oak vats to separate different plots that they hope to use for the 2016 harvest.