II. Adopting the French way
Foundation of Bodegas Barón de Ley From 1985 to 1990

In 1985, a group of widely renowned professionals from the world of fine quality wines began a unique project in the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja (Rioja appellation): the creation of a winery whose concept was to recreate the image of the great French châteaux of the Médoc, focussed on the production of great wines.

To house the Barón de Ley cellar, its founders bought the spectacular Finca de Imas estate in Mendavia (Navarra). The estate is based around a 16th-century Benedictine monastery, which since then has served as the iconic image of the history of the cellar itself and is today the group headquarters of Barón de Ley.

Business at Bodegas Barón de Ley began in 1990 with the first prestigious Barón de Ley Reserva