Taste of Vail Featured Winery: Bodegas Muriel

January 23, 2014 6:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In 1982, Julian Murua Entrena set out to revive the winery his father, Jose Murua, brought to life in the 1920’s in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa. “Muriel” is the combination of the family name Murua and the town of Elciego. Known for its Riojan surroundings that produce some of the best terroir, the quaint village of Elciego houses the Bodegas Muriel cellars and has been woven into the name and history of the winery.

These two heraldic shields represent the founders of the Bodegas Muriel winery. The first shield is the heraldic shield of the Murua surname, representing Julian’s fathers family and the other, belongs to the surname Entrena representing Julian’s mothers family. Heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, and recording coats of arms and heraldic badges. Heraldry, as it is known in the world today, was first introduced in Spain as an art form. Historical records indicate that it was initiated in the 11th century and was developed for the purpose of assigning ranks to knights and nobles in the battlefield.

These two heraldic shields represent the founders of the Bodegas Muriel winery. The first shield is the heraldic shield of the Murua surname, representing Julian’s fathers family and the other, belongs to the surname Entrena representing Julian’s mothers family. Heraldry is the practice of designing, displaying, and recording coats of arms and heraldic badges. Heraldry, as it is known in the world today, was first introduced in Spain as an art form. Historical records indicate that it was initiated in the 11th century and was developed for the purpose of assigning ranks to knights and nobles in the battlefield.

Today, Julian and his son Javier run the winery with the mission to mend the winemaking traditions of the region with new technologies in order to make wines that express the best qualities of grapes coming from the Riojan vineyards.

All Bodegas Muriel wines are 100% Tempranillo, the signature grape of the Rioja region. The unique micro-climate of the region is influenced by the Mediterranean, Continental and Atlantic climates, which helps the vines produce aromatic and elegant wines that have great potential to age.

Come and try varietals produced by Bodegas Muriel at the 24th Annual Taste of Vail on April 2-5, 2014. Click here to purchase tickets.

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