Profile of Abadia Retuerta Winery
Abadia Retuerta is considered one of the fastest "up and coming" wineries in the entire Ribera del Duero region, after only establishing itself commercially in 1996. Since it won the “Best red wine of the world” last year at the International wine challenge in London in 2005, it has sold out of many of its wines! The winery is located on a 700 ha estate in Sardón del Duero. Apart from the modern cellar, there is an incredible 12th century Romanesque monastery on the property, which lucky visitors can see. Wines are tasted in the centuries old, high vaulted monk’s dining quarters. The monastery was originally founded in 1145, by the aristocratic Doña Mayor. She was the very wealthy daughter of Count Ansúrez, Lord of Valladolid (the city at the heart of the Ribera del Duero wine region). The Abbey was one of many monastery-fortresses built during the Christian “Re- conquest” in the region of Castile (which in fact means “castle”). The grounds around the Abadia Retuerta property were actually donated to the church by the aristocratic owners. They left “terras et vineas” (land and vines) to the French-based order of St. Norbert which was the beginning of this estate’s history of producing wine.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and the winery is now owned by the Swiss company Novartis and who have restored the monastery to its former glory (now a luxury hotel) and are, above all, making incredible wines! Attention to detail, quality and ambition are all descriptions you could use about Abadia Retuerta. They make a range of exquisite wines which have been hailed in the wine press, considered "modern classics".
Abadia Retuerta Rivola 2001
Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 1999
Winery Facts & Figures
D.O.: Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla Y Leon
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