Julián Murúa Entrena founded this winery in 1986 in Elciego (Rioja Alavesa) following the steps of his father. Back in 1926 José Murúa set up Bodegas Murúa to market bulk wines among négociants across northern Spain but then sold the winery to Masaveu group in 1972. Muriel, the current winery's name, combines the family surname (Murúa) and the village name (Elciego).
Muriel is the epicentre of a large Rioja group which incorporates Bodegas Eguía and Marqués de Elciego and sells 12 million bottles a year. It also includes a table and PGI wine division known as Real Compañía de Vinos. The group has recently purchased from Paternina its historical Conde de los Andes winery along with its wines. Short-term plans include production, aging and marketing of this brand from its base in Ollauri (Rioja Alta).
The group owns 75 hectares under vine, most of them in the vicinity of Elciego, and purchases grapes and wine from suppliers in order to meet its production requirements. Muriel has succesfully focused in the export market and has managed to produce Rioja wines for powerful UK supermarket groups such as Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Production is spread across three different ranges. Muriel is the largest and includes three young wines (white, rosé and red), a Tempranillo with a touch of oak and the three classics: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. JME (the initials of Julián Murúa Entrena) is focused on single varietal wines: Viura, Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha; and finally Viña Muriel, which includes Viura Reserva, and the reds Reserva and Gran Reserva.