Murua, the winery belonging to Masaveu Bodegas of the DOCa. Rioja located in Elciego, Álava, received yesterday in Samaniego the Best Of 2020 Award in one of the ten international cities and regions that are part of the Great Wine Capitals global network, Bilbao-Rioja.

This contest annually rewards the wineries of each member city that have distinguished themselves in terms of excellence in different categories. The objective of these awards is to promote the efforts of the wineries, encourage and launch initiatives, raise quality standards, as well as the exchange of knowledge between regions and guide wine tourism clients. In the case of Murua, this winery has been awarded in the category of Art and Culture, not only for maintaining the tradition and wine culture of the area but also for having an art collection, owned by the Masaveu Corporation, in its noble building that maintains the structure of the manor houses typical of this area of La Rioja Alavesa.
Chelo Miñana, director of wine tourism at Masaveu Bodegas, who collected the award together with Patricia Pascual, head of winery visits, stated in her acceptance speech that for the winery “it is an honor to receive this award that recognizes the effort and commitment of a family for keeping alive the art and culture of wine, this being, for this winery group, another art in itself”.

Bodegas Murua allows the visitor to discover the exclusive library and a private art collection with sculptures, paintings and engravings from the 16th to the 21st centuries, offering the possibility of enjoying great masters of painting. These exhibitions feature names of such prestigious artists as Miquel Barceló, Francisco de Goya, Álvaro Alcalá Galiano, Tomás Hiepes, Juan de Arellano, Fernando Sotomayor, Francisco Bores or Daniel Quintero, among others, whose works of art decorate the corners of the buildings that make up the Rioja winery. There are numerous works on display in the winery related to the harvest, vineyards and wine, set in taverns or scenes of a traditional nature from different periods, which are complemented by different ethnographic and craft objects linked to wine production. The library is another treasure open to the traveler who comes to Elciego. Unique in the Designation of Origin of La Rioja, the site brings together more than 2,455 books and magazines related to the world of wine from the 16th century to the present day.

Bodegas Murua proposes different wine tourism activities to delve into and discover the wine culture in which its elegant and expressive wines, as well as its art collection, are present. More information:

Murua Wineries

The Murua winery, by Masaveu Bodegas, is located in the beautiful town of ElCiego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa, in an environment of impressive landscapes.

The winery belongs to the Masaveu family since 1974, when it was acquired to make wine privately until, years later, it was decided to remodel it and promote it commercially with a strong commitment to quality.

Currently, Murua produces 250,000 bottles made with the philosophy of betting on sustainability and respect for the terroir that defines the Masaveu Bodegas winery group, present in different DO’s in the country: Murua (DOCa. Rioja), Fillaboa (DO. Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO. Navarra), Leda (Wine from the Land of Castilla y León) and the ice cider Valverán (Asturias).