Retuerta estate is located in the heart of the
Douro valley, on the bank of which stands the impressive Abbey Santa María de
Retuerta dating from the 12th century. The project Abadía
Retuerta LeDomaine was born in 1988 with the clear mission
of recovering the culture,
vineyard and ancestral traditions that surrounded the Abbey, which today has
become LeDomaine, one
of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The replanting of the vineyard
began in 1991 and the winery has been producing quality wines since 1996.
The estate covers
an area of 700 hectares, of which only the best terroirs (soils) have had vineyards
planted, distributed in small parcels or plots. A total of 54 plots have been
identified with very different characteristics, among which the composition of
the soil where the vineyard grows stands out. Each one is planted with a single
variety. In total, they are 70% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10%
Syrah; the remaining 10% is divided between Merlot, Petit Verdot and some white
varieties which until the 2011 season were made only experimentally.
conceived and designed by French oenologist Pascal Delbeck, and consolidated by
the current grower of the vineyard and oenologist Ángel Anocíbar, is one of
most innovative and technologically advanced in Europe. It was among the first
facilities in Spain to opt to use only gravity to move the wine, its
crane-raised deposits system or a patented system of our own for extracting the
wine being notable.
philosophy is based on making wines which reflect the personality of each
terroir, which constitutes the essence of our single-vineyard wines (Vinos de
Pago). They are made only if the season is of exceptional quality. Abadía Retuerta’s Vinos de Pago are: Pago Negralada, Pago
Valdebellón, Pago Garduña and PV (Petit Verdot).
outstanding wine is Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial where the
season’s best wines are blended, which offers a perfect in-depth analysis of
the estate, since the grape percentage with which it is made is similar to that
of the main varieties planted in the vineyard (75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 10% Syrah).
Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2001 was
awarded the Red Wine Trophy at the International Wine
Challenge in London in 2005. More recently, Abadía Retuerta became the first Spanish producer
to have its Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial ranked for three consecutive
years among the Top 100 Wines of the World, a list published since 1998 in Wine Spectator, the respected US magazine.
Abadía Retuerta’s white wine LeDomaine
is at last a reality since the 2011 vintage. The winery’s first white wine for
laying down from the terroir, the fruit of 20 years of research, obtained from
Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, enriched with a touch of Verdejo and other white
varieties. On its first vintage, Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine 2011 was named Best
Spanish White Wine by Verema.com in 2013.
And from 2018 will be released a new wine made with the Tempranillo
pre-phylloxera variety of Abadía Retuerta. An
exciting project that has recovered 6 clones of Tempranillo, which are
survivors of the plague of phylloxera that ravaged Europe in the late
nineteenth century. It shows extraordinary qualities and represents the maximum
expression of the adaptation of Tempranillo to the Abadía Retuerta
The "Crafted Spanish Foods": wine salt, pine nuts and honey
products from the estate are other Abadía Retuerta