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The Coto de Rioja winery was founded in 1970 by a group of experts with recognised experience in the wine sector. From 1990 to 1997, the company experienced spectacular growth, doubling the size of its facilities and the number of barriques. The use of cutting-edge technology has led to continuous improvements in product quality.
HISTORY
Under the auspices of the industrial bank Bankunión, the El Coto de Rioja winery was founded in 1970 by a group of experts with recognised experience in the wine sector. It took almost 5 years to release the first vintage onto the market, once the wine has reached an optimum stage of maturity, a vintage that made a big impact on Rioja wine enthusiasts.

1978 is another milestone in the history of the Bodega, marking the date when Eduardo Santos Ruiz, a young Bankunión director, took up the management of the winery. He then went on to become the Group's current Chairman and CEO. His work in the organisation, control and improvement of the El Coto de Rioja turnover was so successful that, when Bankunión decided to sell, the purchasers, the Bass multinational group (Alexis Lichine), made him an offer to carry on as manager.

At a later date, in 1985, with the blessing of the new owners, Eduardo founded his own company, for the purpose of producing wines under the Barón de Ley label in the area of Rioja Baja. This company was based on the Chateau concept and had a different philosophy to that of El Coto de Rioja. In 1990, the Bass group business changed course with the decision to acquire the Holiday Inn. The assets sold to fund this operation included the Coto de Rioja winery. This is when Eduardo, backed by the Mercapital risk capital company, acquired El Coto de Rioja through Barón de Ley.

From 1990 to 1997, the company experienced spectacular growth, to become a leading Bodega amongst the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin wines. Specifically, in 1997, it became the first Spanish winery group to be listed on the Stock Exchange, brought about by Mercapital's desire to divest its interests in the company.

From the very outset, the Bodega has maintained a policy of expansion through the ongoing reinvestment of profit. This policy has led the company to double the size of its facilities and also to considerably increase the area dedicated to own vineyards and the number of barriques. Furthermore, the use of cutting-edge technology has made it possible to reconcile size and volume of production with wine quality, whereby the higher production levels attained go hand in hand with continuous improvements in product quality.

It is therefore not surprising that, in 2001, the prestigious North American magazine, Forbes, ranked our company as one of the 100 best "small caps" in the world.

On a final note we would like to emphasize the fact that the team at El Coto de Rioja has always been the company's key asset. Here mention should be made of our legendary enologist, Pedro Guasch, or of our Sales Director, Julián Díez, who remained with us right up to their retirements, and also to those that have seen the company grow and manage it today, like our Managing Director Julio Noain or the Deputy Chairman of our Group, Jaime Echávarri, and many other excellent professionals who, day by day give their best to make it all happen.
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Camino Viejo de Logroño, 26 - 01320 Oyón (Álava) España
Tfno. +34 945 622 216 - Fax. +34 945 622 315 info@elcoto.com
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