The western parts of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Address: Barrio de la Estación s/n
Tel: 941 30 60 60 Fax: 941 31 28 67
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:34:56N (42.58210) Longitude: 2:50:56W (-2.84879)
Until the Roda winery was built in the railway station quarter of Haro in the early 1990s, Muga was the newcomer among wineries there as it was founded in 1932. The third generation of the Muga family, two brothers and their first cousins, are responsible for the vineyards, winemaking and sales. At Muga, everything involved with winemaking – fermentation, ageing and storage – is made of wood; proof that stainless steel is not a prerequisite for quality. Their wines are highly regarded both in Spain and internationally - lovers of traditional Rioja can enjoy Muga crianza or Prado Enea, and those who prefer a more modern style should try the recently launched Torre Muga, named after a tower built next to the winery which rivals the one at López de Heredia across the street. Muga has recently opened a wine bar where visitors can taste wines by the glass. The winery also offers tasting courses once a month. (For further information, consult the website.)
Useful information: Visits by appointment. Monday-Friday 08.00-14.00 and 15.30-18.00 (Friday morning only). Closed at weekends. Cost €6 which includes a tasting of two wines. English spoken.
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