Founded in 1898, this family–run cellar overlooks the small and picturesque Catalonian town of Bràfim,in the Camp sub-region of the Denominación de Origen (D.O.) Tarragona wine-growing appellation. This area has a long and outstanding wine-making tradition as the Cistercian monks from the Monastery of Santes Creus nearby have been elaborating wines since the 12th century.
The 80-hectare vineyard is now run by the fourth generation of its founding family, and benefits greatly from the influence of the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which ensures that each of the 25-year old vines is able to produce fresh and healthy grapes, from some of Spain’s finest autochthonous varieties. The harvest is done manually so that the grapes remain in perfect state prior to filling the tanks.
However, continual expansion and modernisation of the facilities have enabled the cellar to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge wine-making and satisfy the very strictest demands of the modern-day consumer, without compromising its long and illustrious heritage.
For D.O Campo de Borja wines:
This winery is situated in the small town of Borja, in the Moncayo sub-region of the Campo de Borja (D.O) wine-growing appellation, well-known for producing Garnacha wines of the very highest quality.
The Moncayo mountain region forms part of a highly-valued area of National Park, whose Cordillera Ibérica mountain range adds elegance and freshness to the character of its grapes.
Founded in 2001, the cellar is the result of a union between three local cooperatives who decided to pool their resources in a collaboration that would take them beyond the domestic Spanish market.
Around 2,500 hectares of vineyards are planted with vines averaging between 20 and 25 years of age. While some traditions remain veritably intact, such as the manual harvesting of all vines, the cellar represents the perfect marriage of old and new, boasting state-of-the-art, high-tech facilities that comply with the very strictest ISO quality requirements.
For D.O La Mancha wines:
Established with the creation of the D.O. in 1976, our prize-winning family-run bodega in La Mancha has set the standard for wine-making in the region and has already received over 500 international medals in the three decades since its creation.
Award-winning wine-maker, Casimiro Sanz, has been at the forefront of this quality revolution and was one of the pioneers of some of today’s modern wine-making processes. Overseeing the fast, chilled transfer of the grapes from the vineyard to the presses, Casimiro ensures that the ripe Tempranillo grapes are pressed slowly and fermented at low temperature.
The combination of this expertise and the state-of-the-art technology have helped to produce a new generation of wines made from the Tempranillo grape, all of which retain the delicate fruit aromas of the region’s greatest natural resource.
For D.O Jumilla wines:
Much of the vineyards of our Jumillan cellar were replanted following the devastating phylloxera attack of 1989. Before that time, the area was perhaps best known for providing the backdrop to so many of Hollywood’s “Spaghetti Westerns”. Fortunately for us, the film sets have now been replaced by some of the country’s finest and most-envied vineyards and the bodega has since invested millions in bringing the wines into line with the very best modern-day facilities.
With the quality of its natural resources second-to-none, the introduction of this cutting-edge technology has enabled Artiga wine-maker Pamela Geddes and trend-setting local wine-maker Ivan Peña to lead a veritable Jumillan renaissance and a reversal in the fortunes of the region as a whole.
Today, Jumilla now receives unprecedented praise from some of the world’s most respected authorities on wine, perhaps the most celebrated of which being Robert Parker Jr.