López de Heredia - Rioja's Premier Winery

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

For over 143 years, López de Heredia Viña Tondonia has made some of Rioja's finest and most distinctive wines. And City Cellars just got a shipment of their wines in the store so you can taste these special wines for yourself. In this blog post, we explore the winery, its history and how it gained prestige in the Rioja region.


It all began in the mid-nineteenth century, when French negociants (merchants who assemble the produce of other, smaller growers and winemakers to sell under their own name) began exploring Spain’s Rioja region in search of alternate grapes to transform into wine after an epidemic of phylloxera had decimated their own grapes. The founder of López de Heredia, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, was a winemaking student and followed in their footsteps. He fell in love with Rioja, especially the area around Haro.