Amézola de la Mora is a branch of the noble Manso de Zuniga lineage of Torremontalbo, a family that played a critical role in the advent of modern Rioja. Anchoring the property are the ancestral subterranean cellars and bodega dating from the mid-19th century – a pioneering Spanish ‘chateau.’ The post-modern era at Amézola began in 1987 with the expansion of facilities and resumption of winemaking by brothers Inigo and Javier Amézola. Inigo’s daughters Maria and Christina have guided the property since 2006, capably assisted by winemaking consultant Georges Pauli, who serves previously as head enologist at Chateau Gruaud-Larose and other fine French estates.
The Amézola estate encompasses 60 hectares of mature vines overlooking the confluence of the Najerilla and Ebro Rivers in the heart of Rioja Alta. It is a unique Rioja property for the diverse nature of its geography – from chalky-clay vineyard terraces at the summit of Cerro San Quiles to limestone and gravelly parcels over 100 meters below. The late-ripening Graciano is planted in low-lying limestones where relative warmth accelerates grape maturation, while the early-ripening Tempranillo achieves its optimum concentration and acidity in the fresher and more ventilated high parcels.