Bodegas la Emperatriz

La Emperatriz is a winery located in the DOC Rioja denomination, more precisely in the very northwest,
in the Rioja Alta region. The special climate of the region is defined by its geography and is
perfect for high quality viticulture in the vineyard’s stony terroir. This particular combination of soil
and climate produces elegant and complex wines with a very specific character. The project is today
managed by brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz, although the origins of the estate go way back to
the 19th century. At that time, under the ownership of Eugenia de Montijo, the Empress of France, the
estate was already producing excellent wines.

99% of vineyards in Rioja are less than 5 hectares. The Finca la Emperatriz vineyard is 101 hectares
at an altitude of over 700 metres, a single vineyard that is a great advantage because we have many
options: similar soil but diverse plots, a mixture of varieties and a mix of vines – young to over 70
years of age. It sits in the valley of the ancient Rio Oja and the soil is covered in a deep layer of white
river rocks.

2014 Bicycle Tempranillo
Four Stars – Winestate

2010 Crianza
91 Points – By The Wine Advocate
91 Points – Guia Penin

2009 Terruno
96 Points – Guia Proensa
94 Points – Guia Penin
Three ½ Stars – Winestate March/April 2015

2007 Parcela No 1
91 Points – By Robert Parker