The estate is located in the city of Haro in the center of the Spanish Rioja sub-area Rioja Alta
, It was founded in 1890 by a group of five family friends. It started with the support of the French oenologist Alfonso Vigier. Initially, 33 large wood powders and 3,500 barrique barrels from Bordeaux were available. Then at the turn of the century crossed the phylloxera
the Pyrenees and destroyed much of the vine. The successful era of the winery began with the use of refined vines and conversion to mostly bottling, as well as export overseas. In 1941 the company was transformed into an AG, with descendants of some founding families still sitting on the board today. In 1996 a new winery was built in a neighboring town. The vineyards cover 450 hectares in Briones, Cenicero, Fuenmayor, Labastida and Rodezno. Grapes are also bought in. The Riojas produced here in classic style are among the best in the region. The philosophy is based on a relatively short maceration time of only two weeks and an unusually long aging time in the barrel and bottle maturation. More than 50,000 oak barrels, mainly made of American oak, are available for expansion.
The flagship of the house is "Gran Reserva 890", whereby 890 refers to the year it was founded. This elaborately vinified and long-lasting top wine is only produced in the best years. It is blended from at least 85% Tempranillo, as well as Graciano and Mazuelo. Then it matures for six to eight years in American barriques and another six years in the bottle and is therefore marketed after 12 to 14 years at the earliest. The second top product is "Gran Reserva 904" (was first produced in 1904). The wine, also blended from at least 85% Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, is aged for at least four years in barriques and four years in the bottle. Other brands are "Viña Alberdi" (90% Tempranillo, Mazuelo), "Viña Arana Reserva" (90% Tempranillo, Graciano), "Viña Ardanza Reserva" (75% Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta). Around a quarter of the production is exported. The company also owns the three wineries Aster (95 ha, Ribera del Duero), Lagar de Fornelos (76 ha, Rías Baixas) and Torre de Oña