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 District. 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.
Don Alfredo Ardanza, founder of La Rioja Alta and owner of the Ardanza Winery, proposed the merger of both companies. To commemorate the event, we made the Reserva 1904, which eventually became the Gran Reserva 904.
We took on the definitive name that persists today: La Rioja Alta, S.A.
On 28 September we registered the most famous and renowned brand of the house: Viña Ardanza.
Introducing the Viña Arana brand, which replaces the classic 6º Año... and this 2024, we celebrate its 50th Anniversary!
First vintage of the Club de Cosecheros from La Rioja Alta, S.A. This pioneering approach to the relationship of trust between winery and customer was extended in 1997 to Torre de Oña and then in 2002 to Áster.
We registered the Viña Alberdi brand, which replaces the old Tercer Año (Third Year).
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 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 our wines.
The U.S. magazine Wine Spectator chose our Albariño Lagar de Cervera as one of the "100 Best Wines" in the World.
Gran Reserva 890-2005 secures fourth place among the "Best Wine in the World" according to Wine Spectator magazine.
We became 4th in the "World's Most Admired Wine Brands", from Drinks International.
The first "Selección Especial" in the history of the Gran Reserva 904 brand is born.
Gran Reserva 890-2010 becomes our first wine with four resounding "100 points" from the specialised critics.