Finca la emperatriz

FINCA LA EMPERATRIZ

Top wine of the property

A naked, pure and direct expression of the estate’s terroir, with the hallmarks of fine wines suitable for ageing that turn into freshness and elegance over the years.

93+

Points

90

Points

94

Points

FINCA LA EMPERATRIZ

Blanco

Made with Viura vines over 60 years old from the estate’s Viñedo Singular. The oak, perfectly integrated, accompanies an expressive wine with great freshness and a long and persistent finish, with a nod to traditional aged Rioja whites.

94

Points

93

Points

96

Points

95

Points

FINCA LA EMPERATRIZ

Tinto

A blend selected from the oldest vines of the estate, recognised as Viñedo Singular. A classic Rioja, fine and elegant, with clean and precise aromas and flavours.

FINCA LA EMPERATRIZ

White

Made with Viura vines over 60 years old from the estate’s Viñedo Singular. The oak, perfectly integrated, accompanies an expressive wine with great freshness and a long and persistent finish, with a nod to traditional aged Rioja whites.

93+

Points

90

Points

94

Points

FINCA LA EMPERATRIZ

Tinto

A blend selected from the oldest vines of the estate, recognised as Viñedo Singular. A classic Rioja, fine and elegant, with clean and precise aromas and flavours.

94

Points

93

Points

96

Points

95

Points

El Jardin de la Emperatriz

Second wine of the property

A statement with all the length, tension and subtlety typical of the estate, which does not require long ageing to reveal its vivacity and delicious fruitiness.

EL JARDÍN DE LA EMPERATRIZ

White

A balanced white, with freshness, persistence and a delicate touch.

EL JARDÍN DE LA EMPERATRIZ

Tinto

Blend plays the lead in a serious, clean and classic profile red with good entry and very fine tannins.

EL JARDÍN DE LA EMPERATRIZ

Blanco

A balanced white, with freshness, persistence and a
delicate touch.

91+

Points

91

*****

Points

92

Points

91

Points

92

Points

EL JARDÍN DE LA EMPERATRIZ

Tinto

Blend plays the lead in a serious, clean and classic profile red with good entry and very fine tannins.

TERROIR

Finca La Emperatriz is a unique 101 Ha vineyard located in Baños de Rioja, on the limits of the territory covered by the D.O.Ca., which gives it a climate of Atlantic influence. The soil, poor and extremely hard, transfers to the wines a characteristic elegance and minerality and a great aging capacity.

One estate, many plots

Although the estate is quite clearly one single piece of land, the Hernáiz family divided it into different plots and use different vineyard management techniques according to the subtle differences of each plot. The age of the existing vines and the soils lead to different types of grape variety, rootstocks, planting density and direction and training systems.

At the edge of Rioja

Finca La Emperatriz is located on the very north-western edge of the D.O.Ca. Rioja, on one of the highest plateaus of Rioja Alta, at 570m above sea level. Sitting 12km to the south of Haro, it has clear views to both the Sierra Cantabria and the Sierra de la Demanda. Its location means that it has a much more continental climate than much of Rioja, although somewhat modified by the influence of the Atlantic, to the north. It is, all told, a perfect climate for the gentle ripening of Tempranillo.

Over 65-year-old vines

The part of the vineyard which was already planted was left untouched, some 40 hectares of vines planted back in the 1950’s. A detailed study of the soils lead to a choice of specific clones which would be adapted to each part of the vineyard. Today, Finca la Emperatriz grows Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Maturana.

An exceptionally tough terroir

The plateau on which the estate sits is in fact part of the old river beds created by the melt waters of the Sierra de la Demanda, and which today create the Río Oja, which still runs close to the estate. A landscape of large white pebbles, both small and large retains very little rainwater, which is perfect for the wines during the ripening period.

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Finca la Emperatriz

The origins of Finca La Emperatriz go back to Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III and the last Empress of France, from whom the estate takes its name. In 1878, the Empress, who was the owner of this vineyard at the time, entered a wine in a competition at the Paris Universal Exhibition, which won a prize. It was made from these vineyards, in Baños de Rioja, and the award recognised the potential and uniqueness of the estate.

 

Over the centuries, the property changed hands until 1996, when it was bought by the Hernáiz family. Four years later, Eduardo and Víctor Hernáiz took over with the clear aim of producing quality wines from this historic vineyard.

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