Everything began in the 1870s, when phylloxera practically wiped out the French vineyards.
With the phylloxera plague, many French winery owners and vine growers came to La Rioja to buy wine. Some of them stayed to work in the region and there were even some who built their own wineries after falling in love with the climate, the vineyards, and the La Rioja men and women.
The Lacort family encountered among these French people some of those who would precisely become their partners in La Rioja, and with whom they would found several wineries at the end of the 19th century. One of these wineries was the Bodegas Franco-Españolas, opened in 1890 by the Bordeaux natives, Frederick Anglade Saurat and his representative Alejo Lépine, together with their Spanish partners, who included the Lacort family.