Bodegas Miguel Merino
Miguel Merino, who is the founder and owner of the winery, has dedicated his whole life to the commercialisation of Rioja wine. He founded the winery fuelled by the passion to make his own, top quality wines. Bodegas Miguel Merino was founded in the early 90´s in the town of Briones, Rioja Alta.
The first vintage that Bodegas Miguel Merino released was in 1994 which coincided with one of the best Riojan vintages ever in the 20th century.
Bodegas Miguel Merino owns very old vineyards which are mainly Tempranillo old vines. The soil in the vineyards has a limestone base and the Atlantic climate, which is typical in Briones, has a noticeable effect. The winery´s old vines provide all that is necessary to make high quality Rioja wines.
The grapes are carefully harvested by hand and the best fruit is selected. The grapes are then sorted on a selection table in order to guarantee high quality wines.
Bodegas Miguel Merino is located in Briones, Rioja Alta.
The winery is housed inside an old stone house, where the offices, tasting room, the shop and the barrel cellar are found. The wine warehouse and the vats are found in a separate building.
Bodegas Miguel Merino de-stems its grapes after they have been selected. The grapes are then carefully transported to the vats to ensure that the fermentation is started in the best possible conditions. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out with the natural yeast found on the grapes. New oak barrels are used for the malolactic fermentation.
Bodegas Miguel Merino´s Rioja wines are then left in the same oak barrels for the ageing. The wines are stirred frequently whilst they are in the barrel until they are eventually bottled. Once they are bottled the wine evolves and rests in the bottle cellar until it is ready to be sold.
Prizes and acknowledgements:
Bodegas Miguel Merino has received prizes from the most prestigious international wine competitions and from the most influential wine publications, and is frequently included and highly rated in Robert Parker´s wine list.