I am delighted to present the Compañía de Viñedos Iberian (the Iberian Vineyards Company). Founded by my siblings and I in 1997, this is a small winery group dedicated to creating artisan wines. In 2015, Mexican businessman and friend, Ernesto Tinajero Flores, joined the company as a partner, being a great enthusiast, not only of Spanish wines, but wines from across the world.
We come from a family with more than 200 years’ tradition in the world of wine (since the 18th Century) and we have always understood the hard work and tenacity that goes into every bottle of wine. We also learnt to understand wine, to enjoy it, share it and how to appreciate it as it passes time in the bottle.
Our project arose from the enthusiasm and untiring commitment that we have to seeking out, studying, identifying and producing wines from grapes that come from distinctive estates in some of Spain’s most important protected designations of origin. To do so, it is necessary to have access to vineyards that have produced a particular variety of grape for years, with all the expression of their environment and soils that this entails. And lastly, what we, as humans, do to convert the grapes into a bottle of wine is all part of its terroir.
This is all achieved thanks to thousands of hours spent travelling, chatting to vine growers, winemakers, reading, tasting wines and at least a few lunches with our neighbours in the area. That is how projects arose that became part of our company. Projects that we now completely develop through our wineries in Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Toro and Rueda.
We founded our first winery back in 1997. We started out with a beautiful estate in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, in Pesquera de Duero, an area that is renowned internationally for the quality of its wines. It was when I was enjoying a coffee with the parish priest of the town of San Bernardo that he told me of an old vineyard on our estate that was named Pago de Chafandín after a 19th century outlaw who sheltered in the caves above the vines. The estate is called “El Quiñón”; it is made up of 65ha divided into different sections according to the soil type and expressivity of its grapes. There is a small stand of centuries-old holm oaks near the entrance called “JARO” which lends its name to the winery. The wines that come from this estate are elegant, complex with resinous notes and a great capacity for ageing.
In 2000, we set up Bodegas y Viñedos del Cal Grau. I love the terrain of Priorat, its food, and culture. It is a beautiful setting of endless slopes and very rich soils with their characteristic minerality. Each small parcel produces very different grapes depending on the orientation of its slopes. We are passionate about this challenge. The extreme climate and the Mediterranean influence give the wines a unique identity. Here we have restored some old terraces where we produce wines using Garnacha and Samsó planted on slate soils (licorella) in a 40ha estate, which lends the wines the minerality and acidity typical of this small, mountainous D.O.
In 2002, we founded Viñedos del YASO, in Toro, one of the areas with the greatest potential for winemaking in Spain, which already stood out at the end of the last century due to the international prizes and recognition from the wine press that it enjoyed. The Tinta de Toro grape has all the potential to produce great wines, as long as you listen to and understand the vineyard. Beautifully coloured wines that have structure and volume on the palate, at the same time as finesse and delicacy. There we have a gorgeous 10ha estate, and controlled old vines in the towns of El Pego and Valdefinjas, with pebble-strewn soils.
In addition, our winemakers, led by our Technical Director Alvaro Trigueros and with Francesc Vernet in Priorat, are completely aligned with our winemaking philosophy. We lead projects in which we select vineyards and produce wine in Rueda, Rías Baixas, Cava, Penedés and Bierzo, areas that we are studying so that when the right opportunity arises, we can establish ourselves there permanently.
It has now been two decades since we started out, but our objective remains clear. Our aim is that when you uncork one of our wines, it is like opening a small window to the aromas and sensations of the area that it comes from.
None of this would be possible without our valuable team who never settle for less, but constantly strive to improve, day after day. Pushing forward with enthusiasm and determination, but also humility and respect for the areas in which we work.
If you have any queries, suggestions or comments about our wineries and wines, I would be delighted to answer you personally (firstname.lastname@example.org).