Cuevas de Castilla

This House belongs to the oldest family currently active in winemaking in the Rueda Appellation of Origin: The Sanz Family. Viticulture and winemaking are responsibility of Sanz's fifth generation Antonio Sanz, considered along with Mariano García of Mauro as one of Spain's most experienced oenologists. Though the family has been reported in Rueda to be producers of fine wine since 1870, Antonio decided to go on his own in 1976 founding his bodega which draws grapes from their 200 hectares family estate located in the surroundings of Rueda's prestigious town of La Seca. Aided by his son Ricardo, the Sanz's have always been innovative and were pioneers in introducing Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, vinifying barrel fermented Verdejos or in making sparkling and noble-rot wines in the Rueda area. Not only that, they have expanded both in Rueda (Cuevas de Castilla) as into nearby Toro and Ribera de Duero, setting up Bodegas Toresanas and Bodegas Vallebueno. Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Chardonnay in whites as Tempranillo in reds, are their main grape bets for top quality wines, which on top of expressing the different terroirs, seduce to the maximum. They brand their exclusive wine range as Palacio de Bornos, Bornos and Colagón (whites from Rueda); Exxencia (botrytis affected wine); Señorío de Illescas (aged red) and finally, Huerta del Rey (rosé), Almirantazgo de Castilla and Don Lotario (Non DO). No hindrance in saying that Antonio, Ricardo and cousin Javier produced in 1999 Spain's best to date white wine. A tiny production barrel fermented white from Verdejo, named Palacio de Bornos Vendimia Seleccionada. Not a big deal for winery devoted to excellence and organic growing that has achieved national and international prestige.
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