Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres has rapidly become the leader in the renaissance of Rioja. The bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.
The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960’s Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two antiquated and abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux.
When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta. Cenicero is in gently rolling hills bordered by the Ebro River and benefits from a microclimate within the Sierra de Cantabria mountains to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda range to the south.
The growing season is sunny, usually followed by a period of rainfall, annually 500 millimeters. The roots of the vines grow deep in a ideal soil of chalky clay.