The Montaña family and Classical Wines forged a partnership working in concert in an effort to re-launch a once-successful Rioja brand. It soon became apparent that the relationship merited a name and image that more clearly reflected the legacy and authenticity of product and source. Montaña just recently debuted in September of 2015 with a 2014 Tinto (100% Tempranillo) and the excellent 2012 Crianza and 2011 Reserva vintages. Familia Montaña will be reserved as a brand for top bottlings from single sites and exceptional vintages. The commercial reintroduction of the Montaña family name represents a new path forward for this historic vineyard estate.
The Montaña family traces its heritage to the origins of the modern Rioja wine industry in the late 19th century. Román Montaña consolidated the family business in 1920 as the viticultural component of one of Rioja’s grand old marques, situated in medieval cellars underneath Haro, capital of Rioja Alta. The Montaña family retains portions of these impressive cellars to this day. Román’s grandson, Oscar Montaña, currently directs a vineyard estate comprising over 270 acres of prime sites in the Rioja Alta and Alavesa districts. The Montaña vineyards boast a high average vine age, with many vines dating back to the immediate post-phylloxera period and including significant acreage of the rare Graciano.