When Barón de Ley was founded in 1985 by a group of renowned professionals, they embarked upon a trail-blazing project: to create a Rioja DOC winery in the image of Médoc chateaux. They built their winery at the very heart of a historic estate, next to a 16th-century monastery where Benedictine monks began making wine over 500 years ago. Their philosophy was simple yet ambitious, they wanted to return to the essence of Rioja winemaking – specialising in Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. At Barón de Ley, everything began with the vineyards. The founders fought to acquire and plant the best vines, growing the estate to more than 600 hectares. From these vineyards they have carefully crafted their Reserva and Gran Reserva wines over decades. Aside from these Rioja classics, the oenological team constantly experiment with innovative new wine styles.