Pelayo de la Mata
Ana Barron and Xavier Ausas
Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano, Garnacha
65 hectares. Average age of vines: 35 year old. Poor, infertile calcareous - clay soils, very poor in nutrients, but excellent for the quality it produces. Free drainage to promote moderate vegetative vigour. Marques de Vargas subscribes to the environmentally friendly concept and practice of sustainable winegrowing. Herbicides and pesticides are not used in the vineyards, occasionally only organic fertilizers are employed. The wine is made traditionally according to the old-world methods side by side with the state-of-art technology. The wine is bottled without any fining or filtering resulting in an unprocessed and fully natural wine.
In 1840, Don Felipe de la Mata, 8th Marquis of Vargas, decided to plant the first grapevines at the Hacienda Pradolagar. Since then, four generations of this family lineage have cultivated the vineyards on this estate. Don Pelayo de la Mata, Count of San Cristóbal, and his brother Don Francisco, 9th Marquis of Vargas, who was elected mayor of Logroño, kept the passion for the vines at Pradolagar alive.
The current Marques de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar, home of the Marques de Vargas for 4 generations. The winery is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, near Logrono, and sets in the middle of its own vineyard of 65 hectares (Rioja Alta). Consultant winemaker, Xavier Ausas, comes to Marques de Vargas after 25 years at the iconic Vega Sicilia. Raised in Valladolid, Ausas has trained at the most prestigious French winemaking institutions, such as the School of Viticulture and Oenology of Blanquefort and the National Oenology Institute at Paul Sabatier University.