In the late nineteenth century, the director of the Enology Station of Haro, D. Manso de Zuniga Victor Cruz pointed out the existence of a genetic heritage comprised of approximately 100 varieties in Rioja.
In the 1930´s some 44 varieties were listed. Late last century only 7 varieties were authorized by C. R. D. O. (Consejo Regulador) of La Rioja.
The Rioja was losing biodiversity. Today the situation has improved partly because The Rioja now knows 12 authorized varieties of which 6 native.
Viña Ijalba has been engaged in a project with the aim to recover autochtonous minority varieties for more than a decade now togehter with the C.I.D.A. Rioja (Centre for Agricultural R&D) and the University of La Rioja.