Bodegas Robles collects the wine tourism award Wine Routes of Spain.

Bodegas Robles collects the wine tourism award Wine Routes of Spain.

On 22 November Bodegas Robles gathered the Award for Commitment to Society and the Environment, awarded by the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (Acevin) at III Edition of the Wine Tourism Awards “Wine Routes of Spain “, an initiative which convenes biennially and wants to recognize the work of companies and territories in the development and continuous enrichment of wine tourism in Spain. The awards ceremony was held at the Real Fábrica de Tapices (Madrid).

For being the first winery in the world to produce organic “generoso” wines, as well as to calculate the winery carbon footprint with the commitment to reduce it progressively. Also for the production of artisan food from organic wines and vinegars, and for the set of tourist activities proposed to raise awareness about the values of the organic vineyard.

IIII Edition of the Wine Tourism Awards “Wine Routes of Spain “, Jury Minutes and Winners List. (Spanish) [pdf]

The ceremony was attended by the general director of Turespaña, Marta Blanco, and the General Director of Food Industry, Fernando José Burgaz, representing the two bodies working with Acevin in the promotion of the Wine Routes of Spain: Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment.

The Robles family has been dedicated to the elaboration of wines in Montilla since 1927.

In the late 90s, the third generation of the family took over the reins of the winery and understands that, we are supporters of a return, rather than progress. The siblings Pilar and Francisco Robles understand the principles of their grandparents must be upheld and that, in order to attain those principles, must use the current available technology. Cultivating organic grapes with a higher intensity and quality of aromas and flavours that we know, overseeing its natural process and conveying all that wealth of the fruit in the wine.

Using in the vineyard a vegetation cover which includes short root and nitrogen-fixing indigenous wildlife species such as cloverleaf, poppies, legumes.

In the winery, the elaboration team led by the oenologist Rocío Márquez and the winery foreman Vicente Martínez Robles, pay special attention to the use of indigenous yeasts and physical processing of the wine. In this fashion, the fermentation of our wines is elaborated with indigenous yeasts which are present in the soil of the vineyard and reaches the winery attached to the skin of the grape. That is why the ecological care of our vineyard is so important: the yeasts are primarily responsible for the wine to express what it is, transforming the sugars in the grape must into alcohol. When one speaks about wines which manage to express an identity, the indigenous yeasts are regarded as almost a must do obligation. In other words: elaborating wines which express a purity, the faithful reflection of the soil and varietal character of the grape. Wines belonging to their soil. The contribution of Pilar Robles and Rocío Márquez to the winery, was recognised in 2014 with the Great Diamond Prize of the International Wine and Women Competition (Salón del Gourmet “Gourmet Show”, Madrid), a competition which attempts to place true value to wines produced by wineries where women hold management positions or positions of responsibility.

2014 Spain Food Awards for Organic Production Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

2016 Routes of wineries from Spain (Category of Social Commitment and Sustainability)