History Founded in the 19th Century, growing in the 20th Century and still passionate in the 21th Century
Five Riojan and Basque families founded the ‘Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta’ in Haro's Station Quarter. Our first president was a woman: Doña Saturnina García Cid y Gárate. Monsieur Vigier, a Frenchman, was the House's first winemaker and the Reserva 1890 (predecessor of today's Gran Reserva 890) is the first wine he made.
Mr. Alfredo Ardanza, founder of La Rioja Alta and owner of the Ardanza Winery, proposes the merger of both companies. In commemoration we elaborate Reserve 1904, predecessor of Grand Reserve 904.
We took on the definitive name that persists today: La Rioja Alta, S.A.
On September 28 we registered the brand that has given our House the most fame and renown: Viña Ardanza.
Introducing the Viña Arana brand, which replaces the classic 6th Year.
First vintage of the La Rioja Alta SA Club de Cosecheros. This new concept of understanding the relationship of trust between client and winery was extended in 1997 to Torre de Oña and, in 2002, to Áster.
We registered the Viña Alberdi brand, which replaces the old "Tercer Año".
We chose O Rosal, Pontevedra as the place to settle in Galicia and explore new winemaking avenues. We acquired a traditional winery, Fernández Cervera Hermanos S.L. and changed the old name to Lagar de Fornelos, S.A. As a tribute to the founders, we have always respected the brand name Lagar de Cervera.
We celebrated our centennial. We started our journey in Ribera del Duero planting the first vines of the new winery, Áster, which was built in 2000.
We acquired the Torre de Oña, S.A. winery in Páganos, Rioja Alavesa. The purchase included the winery, a palatial mansion, a shrine and 45 hectares of vineyards. The first wine was the Barón de Oña Reserva 1989.
We build, in the municipality of Labastida, a new wine cellar equipped with the highest technology and that allows us a significant increase in the quality of the wines.
The U.S. magazine Wine Spectator chose Lagar de Cervera Albariño as one of the Top 100 wines of 2004.
Our Finca El Otero wine from Bodegas Áster, receives the recognition of the best wine in the world Top Merchant.
Our Gran Reserva 890 gets the #4 position of the best wines in the world granted by Wine Spectator magazine.