Torre de Murga

HISTORY OF THE TOWER

The Murga Medieval Tower, declared a Cultural Interest Biennial in 1984, is an emblematic building in the heart of the Ayala Valley, 20 minutes from Vitoria and from Bilbao.

Belonging to the same family since its foundation in 1272, this unique building evokes an important part of the medieval history of the Basque Country.

The 13th century tower embraced by the palaces of the XV and XVI centuries form a spectacular ensemble, worthy of hosting the most exclusive events. These noble buildings are framed in an exceptional natural environment; Extensive meadows and forests of native oaks that have witnessed the passing of time while maintaining intact the authenticity of this beautiful Valley of Ayala in Alava, at the Basque Country. 

At the beginning of the Fourteenth Century the land of Ayala was disputed by two important lineages: the Salcedo (Ayalas) and the Murga. Two hundred years later, with the defeat of the Comuneros and the Lord of Ayala, better known as the Count of Salvatierra, the Murga consolidate their lineage.

It is at this moment when they decide to make their palace around the old medieval tower, and therefore, improve their heritage. The foundation of the bond (that implied the mayorazgo) pursues the aggrandizement of the family. 

The documents of the time reveal the existence of vines, which are included among the tied goods.

In addition, during the recent restoration of Murga Tower, the secrets that the old walls had jealously guarded for centuries were revealed. Among them, the existence of a winery, where the fruit of the vineyards that surrounded the building was transformed into wine. Being a homemade wine, you can certainly receive the name of chacolí or txakolin. (Similar to the basque word for ´home´) 

These facts, supported by the fact that they were located in a newly created appellation of origin (Arabako Txakolina / Chacolí de Alava), were the starting point for a singular adventure: to recover the ancient cultivation of the vineyards to try to recover the ancient splendor of a Tower and its palace that, since its foundation in the thirteenth century by Juan Sanchez de Murga (alias Txikubín or Chiquilín) remains in the hands of the same family.

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