Muga Winery Guide
Muga stands proudly in the famous Haro Railway Station District, surrounded by some of the oldest wineries in Rioja. Despite being less than 100 years old, its brand’s strength and market positioning, with a presence in over 70 countries, place it among the appellation’s elite.
Encompassing a sprawling expanse of 300 hectares, Muga vineyards supply 70 to 85% of its requirements based on the unique characteristics of each vintage. As a result, the winery consistently produces approximately 1.5 million bottles of exceptionally high-quality wines each year.
The inception of Muga can be traced back to the marriage of Issac Muga and Aurora Cano, uniting two traditional winemaking families hailing from Rioja. In 1932, the couple established their winery within the subterranean cellars adorning Haro’s main street. In 1970, the family relocated to their current premises in the Barrio Estacion. Today, the business remains under the ownership and operation of the founders’ grandchildren, preserving the essence of their familial legacy.
Muga’s winemaking prowess extends to four distinct vineyards: El Estepal, La Loma, Baltracones, and La Loma Alta. Situated on the slopes of the Obarenes Mountains, these high-altitude vineyards represent the outer reaches of the fertile growing region. Cultivating such extreme terrain is a rarity, yet Muga’s specialized cultivation methods unlock the full potential of each unique terroir. The resulting wines boast exceptional acidity and an inherent ability to mature gracefully over time.
Despite sharing a clay-based soil composition, each vineyard plot retains distinctive characteristics, fostering a delightful array of wine styles. This inherent diversity highlights the dynamic nature of Muga’s winemaking philosophy, rooted in an unwavering commitment to unearthing the full expression of its terroirs.
All aging is done in new oak vats; their aging techniques make Muga unique. With these techniques, each wine gives off a taste, smell, and appearance of wine at a higher level; for example, Crianzas taste like Reservas, and Reservas like Gran Reservas. Muga even has its own cooperage, buying French and American oak and crafting the wine barrels themselves.
Prado Enea is Muga’s flagship red wine made primarily from Tempranillo grape and about 20% of either Garnacha, Graciano, or Mazuelo grapes. The wine undergoes extensive aging in oak barrels and bottles, resulting in exceptional depth, refined tannins, and a harmonious balance. Prado Enea is known for its elegance, nuanced flavors of red and black fruits, spices, and earthy notes. It has significant aging potential and showcases Muga’s commitment to producing high-quality wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Rioja terroir.
Prado EneaTempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carignan), Graciano
Torre MugaTempranillo, Mazuelo (Carignan)
Selección EspecialTempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carignan)
Muga ReservaTempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carignan), Graciano
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
American and French oak
1.5 million bottles
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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Garnacha: Spain's Red Gem. Akin to Pinot Noir, it bridges terroir and winemaking, crafting captivating expressions.Find out more
Is a red grape variety that is primarily grown in Spain's Rioja region. Known for its thick skins, small berries, and low yields, this grape produces wines that are deeply colored, highly tannic, and full-bodied, with a range of aromas from dark fruit to spices and leather
Carignan is a red grape variety that grows mostly in Southern France, and is often used as a blending grapeFind out more
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