Camilo Hurtado de Amezaga learned the production methods in Medoc. He built a winery in Elciego in Rioja Alavesa and requested to plant 50 hectares of vineyard. Phylloxera arrived in Bordeaux and the French for wine from Rioja increased. A French winemaker, Jean Pineau, got into the history of Rioja wines then… He recommended the use of large wooden casks for maceration purposes and wine aging in smaller barrels of 225 liters. It was the Bordeaux method and its introduction in the Rioja wine reality.
The method was however not followed by many growers, because they considered it as expensive and laborious. The wines of Marques de Riscal obtained, however, a great success in international competitions. This success encouraged other producers and the lack of wine made in Bordeaux brought French investment to Rioja. The region and its wines became consolidated and built a reputation that has grown till today.