Miguel Merino

Bodega Miguel Merino is one of the smallest wineries in Spain. They produce just 45,000 bottles per vintage from exceptionally old vines of Tempranillo and Graciano. All the grapes are collected in small cases and selected on their sorting table. Miguel Merino and his son, owners and winemakers, use the finest barrels of American and French oak to make some of the finest wines in Spain. 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 great work in the vineyard. The region is divided in 3 subzones: Rioja Baja, with a Mediterranean climate influence, and warm, intense wines; Rioja Alavesa, where young, fruity wines have traditionally been made; and Rioja Alta, an Atlantic climate, where the classic, elegant Rioja wines come from. Miguel Merino is located in Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta. The main grape variety in Rioja is Tempranillo, although it is complemented by Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo for reds and Viura and Malvasia in whites. In the last year some old varieties have been recovered and some new white grapes approved, such as Verdejo and Chardonnay.


Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz

One of the very few 100% Mazuelo in the country from a single estate vineyard. Only 3,500 bottles of this modern wine is made. [2008]

Rioja Reserva

The flag of the winery. A 100% Rioja wine: intense and elegant. Long and persistent. Sophisticated and fun. [2001]


Terroir. Three old and small vineyards coming directly to the glass. Vibrant, deep, unique. [2002]

Vinas Jovenes

Note: Old vines do not live forever, and Miguel has planted some for the future. While they develop Miguel makes a direct, outgoing wine which is a value ‘best of Rioja’.  [2007]