Having seen their vineyards devastated by Phylloxera in the mid 19th century, Bordeaux negociants travelled south to Spain to find an alternative source of high quality grapes. Founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student in the art of wine making, followed in their footsteps.
Don Rafael fell in love with the region and especially the area around Haro, the mythical capital of the Rioja Alta region. He observed that there was an ideal combination of soil and climate that would offer the perfect environment for producing wine that would eventually become world famous. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three bodegas in the Rioja region.
For over a century Lopez de Heredia’s foundations have been rooted in their love and passion for this land and its harvest. They cherish their heritage, and this combination of love and the rigorous quality standards they apply have become their trademark and remain their maxim for today and the future.