Foundation of the Imas Estate
The Count of Eguía, a noblemen from Navarra, builds a castle-fortress in the 1,000 hectare Imas Estate of his property on the banks of the Ebro river, both a strategic and fertile land enclave.
Benedictine period: the first vineyards and winemaking
The Fortress and Estate became property of the Benedictine monks Order as a result of an exchange of the Castle of Monjardín with the Count of Eguía. The monks used this logistical asset to breed wool-producing sheep and to make wine and spirits, one of their famed expertises.
Queen Isabel’s stronghold with Martín Zurbano, a Romantic hero from Rioja
In a period of turmoil between the Church and the State, the Estate was confiscated from the Benedictine Order and, in 1839, General Martín Zurbano took possession as reward for his distinguished war service to Queen Isabel. In 1845 Martin Zurbano was executed by members of his Party. He accepted this destiny as a testament of the Romantic ideals he upheld.
Three generations of farming splendour
A family from the region bought the Estate and they remained there for three generations, bringing to Finca de Imas a period of great splendour as an arable and livestock farm, which vestiges are still visible today.
Barón de Ley's Foundation
Barón de Ley was founded in 1985 as a ground-breaking project in DOCa Rioja: a vineyard-focused winery inspired by the French châteaux specialised in premium Rioja wines.
Barón de Ley wines are launched in the market with the first prestigious Barón de Ley Reserva and Gran Reserva, our signature wines to date.
Rioja Export Leader
Barón de Ley achieves its first international successes, leading to an increase in our production of 4 million bottles.
Renewed Winemaking Philosophy
Gonzalo Rodríguez is recruited as Chief Winemaker, who encourages the plantation of new indigenous grape varieties.
ISWC Spanish Producer of the Year
Barón de Ley wins two International Wine & Spirits Competition (ISWC) Spanish Wine Producer of the Year trophies.
Growth of our vineyards reach over 600ha
Extensive investments in purchasing vineyards and land for new plantations of indigenous grape varieties.
Construction of a new Oak Ageing Cellar and renovation of facilities
Expansion of our ageing capacities, including a new cellar with room for 30,000 casks, and renewal of the vinification facilities with state-of-the-art winemaking concepts.
Pablo Tascón joins Barón de Ley as Technical Director
Pablo Tascón, one of Spain’s young and upcoming winemakers, joins Barón de Ley as Technical Director to work side-by-side with Gonzalo Rodriguez and take our wines to the next level.