Bodegas Marques de Caceres was founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner, whose family left Spain at the time of the Civil War. They settled in Bordeaux where they purchased two important vineyards in the Haut Medoc, with restoration of the monarchy in Spain, the family decided to establish a winery in Rioja where they could marry what they had learnt in Bordeaux to the local grapes and traditions. This resulted in red wines with more ageing in bottle, rather than cask or vat, and crisp, fresh wines which had been fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel. This was the first of the new-wave Rioja companies.

The winery is a joint venture with many of the local growers who are also shareholders in the company. This ensures continuity in the sourcing of premium Tempranillo and Viura grapes in the regions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.

The company is now under the direction of Enrique’s daughter, Cristina and its wines are sold in more than 120 countries worldwide.

More recent developments include the creation of a parallel and superior range of wines under the brand Excellens and a move into other vineyard regions in Spain. The most notable of these is the acquisition of 125 has. of vineyards in the prime sites of Serrada and La Seca in Rueda. A state-of-the-art winery has been built to make white wines from Verdjo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

There other interests lie in the Rias Baxas region, with the Deusa Nai brand, in the red wines from Ribera del Duero and in sparkling Cabva wines from Catalunya.

 

Explore The Range

 

The Bodegas and Vineyards

The business has its own Bodegas with accompanying vineyards where the finest grapes are grown, each with their own qualities suited to perfecting a variety wines. Priding themselves on the methods they have mastered, as well as making use of the ideal conditions present in the encompassing environment, the vineyards are a place where the very best fruits are cultivated.

Bodega Rioja:

  • Based in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, with the winery located in the nearby town of Cenicero, vineyards here are operated by finely tuned technical teams who deploy their expertise to ensure the very best grapes are harvested, with precision care and management taking place all year round
  • Many of the vines are decades old, with red Tempranillo and white Viura thriving in the conditions of the vineyards
  • Working in tandem with the winery of Cenicero, much of the business’ success comes from the relationship between these vineyards and the winery. Strict calendars and processes developed over time mean the timeline of grape growth to bottled product is handled with precision.

Bodegas Rueda:

  • A major project involving the purchase of 125ha of vineyards in Serrada and La Seca, this land is home to the modern face of the business, with techniques and technology of today implemented to create unique wines with distinct qualities
  • Variations of soil married with the environment make the processes of the vineyards a perfect mix of modern man-made solutions and nature’s own supplements.
  • Focusing on special whites, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc and Deusa nai Albarino are trademarks of this location, with international acclaim already achieved in a relatively short space of time. This is testament to the ambitious leap taken by the business to continue to pioneer the industry.

All the vineyards at the multiple locations are creatively designed in a way that the very best grapes can be cultivated. The more traditional methods of the Rioja Bodega see centuries of successful methods continuing to lead the way and produce more familiar flavours of pure quality, while the modern techniques of the Rueda Bodega and vineyards bring the business in to the new world where their range of specialty whites lead the way for modern winemaking.

 

The wines

The vineyards of Marques de Caceres yield high quality red and white wine grapes, with each type containing its own distinct characteristics that make them perfect for a variation of wines.

The Rioja wine, a traditional signature of the winery, is a result of decades of vine growth and expert engineering of the grape’s structures. This means there is a range of Rioja wines available in this range, such as the Rosado, which has a pale strawberry colour with a light and refreshing sweetness of floral and fruity notes. Another Rioja is the Ecologico, an organic ruby red wine with sharp tannins adding a bitterness to a well-balanced floral bottle. There is a red Rioja for every palate.

The newer “EXCELLENS” Rueda range of modern white wines are distinct in flavour and a testament to the innovative techniques adopted by the winery. The Excellens Sauvignon Blanc forms a base from a combination of tropical fruits including citrus and the sweetness of ripe melon. Crucially, despite having the typical sharp acidity of a white, this white maintains a full body. It is a uniquely delightful wine, as is every wine in this range.

Whether it is the familiar flavours of an exquisitely made Rioja, or a modern full bodied twist on classic whites, Marques De Caceres’ range of wines are all perfectly balanced and speak to their years of experience in the industry.

 

The perfect accompaniment

All of the winery’s products are strong stand-alone bottles but enjoying a glass of wine with a meal is part of the overall experience for many.

The range of Rioja reds, with their sweet berry base and light tannins make them an indulgent match for meaty dishes or stews and pies, where an equal balance of strong flavours is key to a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

As for the range of white wines, these are the perfect summer drink and light accompaniment. Best enjoyed with grilled fish, salads and roasted white meat, these wines bring a more subtle match to simpler dishes with milder flavours. No wine should overpower the food, so pairing light wines with lighter meals is a natural recommendation.

 


Fine Wines Direct and Marques de Caceres

For more than fifty years now, Marques de Caceres has been offering outstanding Spanish wines to the world and Fine Wines Direct UK is proud to have been associated with them since their foundation.

Sourcing wines from around the world from many specialty vineyards, Fine Wines Direct brings the very best to its customers.


 

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