The history of Bodegas Muga is intrinsically linked to that of the Muga family itself.
Bodegas Muga was founded in 1932 by Isaac Muga and his wife, Aurora Caño, both of whom came from families with a long tradition of activity within the wine-making industry. Over the years, Muga wines have gained international recognition and acclaim, and from working with just a few thousand kilos of grapes per year, the bodega has now expanded its processing capacity to over one and half million kilos.
Today, new generations of the Muga family continue to join the family business, making Bodegas Muga a true symbol of family tradition.
Soil and climate combine to create optimum conditions.
The Bodegas Muga vineyards are situated on the east and south-facing slopes of the Obarenes Mountains, which are sculptured into terraces to form a series of small plots.
The soil in this region is mainly clayey and calcareous, although some regions tend to be more ferrous and alluvial. The land is divided into small plots with varying physical and chemical properties and their own individual and clearly defined personalities. This aspect is particularly important with regard to tempranillo grapes, in which the characteristics of the soil have a marked influence on the final flavour of the wine.
Experience has taught us to value and make use of the different virtues of grapes grown in different soils, in order to extract their maximum possible oenological potential. Other grape varieties that are used in a lower proportion, but which help balance and enhance the tempranillo strain, are mazuelo, graciano and garnacha.
Meticulously faithful to our traditional wine-making methods, at Bodegas Muga we use oak tubs and vats throughout the entire process.
At Muga, we make our own oak vats and casks, and carry out all our wine-making, ageing and storage activities using oak. Our casks are made from French and American oak and are replaced at least once every ten years.
For Bodegas Muga, tradition is a way of life that is now so deeply rooted, that it has become almost law. Our tradition is based on wood, whether it be used to form, tubs, casks, beams or pillars. Muga has changed the rules of ageing, exceeding the minimum limits to produce crianzas that taste like reservas, and reservas that taste like grandes reservas. Nevertheless, although it may seem somewhat paradoxical, this working philosophy has not prevented us from making wines that are perfectly in tune with modern times.
Muga Special Reserve
Grapes: Tempranillo 70%, Garnacha 20%, Mazuelo y Graciano 10%
This wine is aged for 6 months in wooden vats, 30 months in oak barrels and at least 12 months in bottle
This is a synthesis of past, present, and future in a single wine. On the one hand, it has the potential of evolution, complexity and exquisite elegance of the classic wines, and on the other, the up-front character of fruit and fresh spices which is more typical of modern-styles wines.
It has a bright ruby-red colour with medium-high depth and a tendency towards purplish hues, which indicates its excellent evolution in the bottle. The nose it's characterized by ripe fruit, with perhaps a predominance of wild red berries, perfectly blended with spices and balsamic ageing aromas. The strength of this wine lies in the wide range of registers within this aromatic subgroups. We can detect cinnamon, liquorice, vanilla, cloves, coconut, black pepper, menthol... but all this a fresh character which makes them unique.
In the mouth, the attack is a warm, friendly, supple and velvety attack. It leaves a feeling of plenitude and an aftertaste which seems eternal and intensity, and it's characterized by rounded tannins and a complex mineral component. In the retronasal phase, the ripe fruit loses potency in favour of spices and balsamic sensations.