OUR PARTNER IN
CARIÑENA IS BODEGAS
SAN VALERO, WHICH
WAS CREATED IN 1945 BY
60 GRAPE GROWERS AS A
TODAY IT HAS GROWN
TO INCLUDE AROUND 700
CULTIVATE A TOTAL
OF 4000 HECTARES
BODEGAS SAN VALERO
The company has a technical team which includes viticultural and winemaking experts who closely monitor the growth of the vines, from the pruning season to the maturation of the grape, thus determining the optimum time for the grape harvest and the final destination of each parcel of grapes once they are picked.
The bodega’s winemaking facility was modernised starting in 1999, with a five-year investment plan totalling 8 million Euros (US$10m). As a result, the bodega now has a state-of-the-art winery with 12,000 small oak barrels and an annual production of 1.5 million cases. The two bottling lines each have a capacity of 12,000 bottles per hour and there is also a bag-in-box line. The bottling facility is certified to the IFS, BRC and ISO 9001 standards.
Castillo de Monséran is made
by winemaker Hugh Ryman
and Jesús Prieto, the winemaker
of Bodegas San Valero.
Hugh is a graduate of the prestigious
school of winemaking
at Bordeaux University and worked
at Petaluma, while Jesús graduated
Together Hugh and Jesús work
with a team of viticulturalists
to select appropriate vineyard parcels
and to choose the right moment