Marqués de Cáceres

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Enrique Forner caused a revolution in the Rioja when he decided in 1970 to return to his native Spain from bordeaux, where he had studied. His parents had fled to France after General Franco came to power in 1936. Enrique's father was an MP for the Republicans. The family bought the châteaux Camensac and Larose-Trintaudon and Enrique studied wine with the famous Professor Emile Peynaud. To his taste, Rioja was too much dominated by wood ripening. By installing stainless steel fermentation tanks and making wines in a more fruity style, he revolutionized the region. Because he owned only two hectares of vineyards, he gave farmers who supplied grapes to his project a share in the farm. A noble family friend from Valencia, Don Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monteras, the Marques de Caceres, allowed Enrique Forner to use his name in exchange for an annual donation to a charity of his choice. His bond with the Bordeaux continued. Peynaud was his teacher, and Michel Rolland was his consultant. Enrique Forner used (new) oak barriques, but shortened the maturation or barrel, just as happened in Bordeaux at the time. He had great success with his style. Marqués de Cáceres is one of the best known brands in the Rioja and accounts for one-tenth of Rioja's exports to a total of 130 countries. In 2007 he handed over his duties to his daughter Cristina. In 2011 he died, leaving behind a wonderful company that is still focused on innovation and making 'haute-couture' Rioja wines.

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