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The origins of the companies and wineries now coming under the Barón de Ley Group, date back to the grape harvest of 1970, marking the start of the activities of the Group's first Bodega: El Coto de Rioja.

This winery, which has always been based at Oyón, a municipality of the Rioja Alavesa, went on to be inaugurated in 1976.
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The origins of the companies and wineries now coming under the Barón de Ley Group, date back to the grape harvest of 1970, marking the start of the activities of the Group's first Bodega: El Coto de Rioja. This winery, which has always been based at Oyón, a municipality of the Rioja Alavesa, went on to be inaugurated in 1976 and, from then onwards, has gone from strength to strength, owing its success to the great popularity enjoyed by its wine brands: El Coto and Coto de Imaz.

In 1985, a group of professionals with recognised standing in Rioja, founded the Barón de Ley S.A. company with a view to launching a project which was then unique in the history of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin: to create a winery in the image and likeness of the Médoc \"châteaux\".

The Barón de Ley promoters acquired the Imas Estate located in the municipality of Mendavia (Navarre), on the left bank of the river Ebro. The 16th century Benedictine Monastery standing in the estate grounds is now the headquarters of the Barón de Ley Group.

The winery started commercial operations in 1990, with the marketing of its prestigious Barón de Ley - Reserva wine.

In 1991 Barón de Ley, S.A. acquired El Coto de Rioja S.A., to form the Barón de Ley Group, marking the start of one of the expansion projects with the greatest vision in the history of the Spanish and European wine sectors.

Six years' later, the Barón de Ley, S.A. shares started to be listed on all the Spanish stock exchanges.

Until the year 2000, the Group made, aged and marketed wines exclusively under the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin label. However, that year witnessed the launching of two projects outside La Rioja. Specifically wine making processes were initiated at the Finca Museum winery in Cigales (Valladolid) to produce the \"Museum\" Crianza and the \"Museum Real\" Reserva, both coming under the Cigales Designation of Origin. The winery was then inaugurated in 2002.

Spring 2001 witnessed the start of the construction of a new winery in La Rioja, namely Bodegas Máximo, to produce and market Vins de Pays or local wines, not coming under the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin but modern wines made from grape varieties enjoying international prestige. This style of wine is directed at covering the demands made by the more international markets.

Towards the end of 2004 the Group branched out into a different venture, with the commencement of work to construct the Dehesa Barón de Ley pork curing facilities, directed at curing acorn-fed Iberian hams, shoulders and loins. These facilities are located in the province of Cáceres, in the municipality of Baños de Montemayor, coming under the Dehesa de Extremadura Designation of Origin.

The products prepared by Dehesa Barón de Ley are of the finest quality, directed at top-class restaurants, delicatessens and gourmet shops. The products offered are very select and in short supply, given the quality and limited availability of the raw material. In fact, these fine quality cured pork products are the perfect match to accompany the excellent wines produced by the Barón de Ley Group.

Over the years, the Group has gradually formed one of the largest vineyard holdings in La Rioja and also in Spain. Today, the Group manages vineyards in all of the three Autonomous Communities forming part of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin: Navarre, La Rioja and the Basque Country. As a result, the Viñedos Barón de Ley S.L. company was established for the purpose of guaranteeing the quality and quantity of the grapes supplied to our wineries. This company channels the Group's investments in viticulture. It is responsible for plantation projects, and manages the vineyard cultivation and operation, in order to supply the Group's wineries with nothing but the highest quality grapes, the cornerstone for the fine quality wines produced.
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