Marqués de Vargas traces its wine growing history in Rioja all the way back to 1840. Don Hilario de la Mata, the 10th Marquis was instrumental in transforming the estate from grape growing to wine production. In the vineyard, green harvesting is used to control yields and no herbicides or pesticides are used. The winery boasts a variety of fermentation vats, oak, cement and stainless steel, allowing each of the 32 vineyard plots to be vinified seperately.
Winemaker Ana Barrón produces a Reserva made from 85% Tempranillo, with Mazuelo and Garnacha and aged for 20 months in American, French and Russian oak; while the Selección Privada https://searsons.com/product/marques-de-vargas-rioja-reserva-privada/is another Reserva, dominated by Tempranillo, but this time coming from 3 specific vineyards and aged in Russian oak barrels only.
The family also owns Conde de San Cristóbal in Ribera del Duero https://searsons.com/product/marques-de-vargas-conde-de-san-cristobal/and Pazo de San Mauro in Rias Baixas. https://searsons.com/product/pazo-san-mauro-albarino/
Decanter November 2019
Marqués de Vargas, Rioja Reserva 2014 (90/100 Decanter) – “Classic Rioja Reserva in many ways, from 30 year old vines and spending 2 years in American, French and Russian oak. So there is vanilla and smokiness, a plushness at the heart of this, though it is medium bodied, with a cherryish lick of acidity, tobacco and refined tannins making it smooth, quite elegant and very approachable. Drink 2019 – 2022.” https://searsons.com/product/marques-de-vargas-rioja-reserva/