Marques de Riscal in Rioja was founded in 1858 by Don Camillo Hurtado de Amezaga, who decided to start a winery to make wines rivaling the great Bordeaux of France. Phylloxera had devastated much of Bordeaux’s vineyard acreage, and Don Camillo thought the time was right to produce high quality Spanish wines. He planted Tempranillo, and by the late 19th century the estate was winning international awards for its fine wines, including competitions in Bordeaux. The winery’s reputation for fine wines has lasted throughout its history. The estate also made international news in 2006 when it opened a luxury hotel and visitor designed by architect Frank Gehry center at the winery.