Rioja is the best known region for quality wines in Spain, and it is now at its best moment ever, with some rising stars such as this winery and other small producers doing solid work in the vineyard. The region is divided into three sub-zones: Rioja Baja, with a Mediterranean climate influence and warm, intense wines, Rioja Alavesa, where young, fruity wines have traditionally been made, and Rioja Alta, where an Atlantic climate helps produce classic, elegant Rioja wines. The main grape variety in the region is Tempranillo.  Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo  are also used in the reds and Viura and Malvasia are used in the whites.  In the last year, some old varieties have been recovered and several white grapes, such as Verdejo and Chardonnay, have been approved for use.

Miguel Merino