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Bodegas La Emperatriz
Spain
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The moment Eduardo Hernaiz's father saw the Bodegas La Emperatriz, he knew it had potential. After all, it had been winning awards since the Paris Universal Exposition of 1878, when it was owned by the last empress of France, Eugenia de Montijo.
The Hernaiz family saw what no one else had - that here they could produce Rioja's only single estate Crianza. Though the 100 hectare estate is one of Rioja Alta's highest, at 570m above sea level, it is frost-free and enables the family to produce spectacular wines.
The family bought the estate in 1996 and split it into plots, each benefitting from its own characteristics. They include the 67-year-old low-yielding vines of Garnacha and Viura. Their wines have proved a huge hit with wine critics across the globe and are widely listed in Madrid's Michelin starred restaurants.

For more information about Bodegas la Emperatriz visit their website: www.bodegaslaemperatriz.com

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