Organic Inspiration at Bodegas Robles S.A. (By Andreine Smith ICEX)
Although Bodegas Robles is by no means the only winery in Spain to have gone organic in past decades, the extent to which this Andalusian winery has turned itself over to the cause is admirable and certainly unique in its multiple configurations. Besides their 100% organic production, they are one of the first Spanish wineries to calculate their carbon footprint and commit to reducing their environmental impact every year
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)