One wine made in Baños de Rioja won one of the awards of the wine contest at the Universal Exposition of 1878 (Paris): it was the wine entered by Eugenia de Montijo, Empress of France and the owner of a vineyard with great quality potential.

In 1996, the Hernáiz family purchased that same estate, and brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz took charge of the project aimed at producing Rioja with a terroir and single vineyard focus. The vineyard is located in the northwestern corner of the DOC Rioja, between the Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges, at 570 m altitude (one of the highest areas of the Rioja Alta). The climate is also tempered by the influence of north and north west winds from the Bay of Biscay.