Our history begins a long, long time ago, when due to the strong and good lands of Castrillo de la Vega, the neighbors started planting vines for winemaking.
As can be seen in the town, you can still see the underground cellars that were formerly used for wine fermentation. With the passage of time and the formation of new wine companies, the residents began to notice that with their individual harvest they could not supply all of them and that is where the need arises to associate, in order to have more wine to sell.
At the same time, there were many risks in winemaking and little security, so by partnering they could minimize these risks but … What risk was there?
The stink. And you will wonder what this is, well, it comes from the fermentation of the grape must. In this fermentation CO2 is produced. And what happens if in a totally closed underground cellar, only CO2 is released? Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are out of oxygen. That is why throughout history there have been serious health problems due to “stink”. In fact there was always talk of going down to the underground cellar either with a canary or a candle. In this way, the moment the candle was extinguished or the canary died, you had to leave “by legs” if you did not want to die.
But … why did they do the underground cellars? Well, this started many years ago with the caves. These cave cellars take advantage of the properties and importance of the subsoil, which naturally provides a stable temperature and humidity throughout the year. A method of conservation as emblematic as it is traditional.
And for all these reasons, our residents from Castellón decided to associate in order to minimize costs and sell together. This occurs in 1956 thereafter, the San Roque de la Encina cooperative is created.
From there, more and more residents joined this cooperative, contributing their vineyards and distributing the profits.
Currently we have more than 400 hectares and more than 250 partners, making rosé and red wines. Imagine the meetings … but even with everything, the cooperative continues to run smoothly, growing a little more every day, expanding its team and its commercial network.
Our mission is to reach the consumer by transmitting the same care that we use to make our wine. And to demonstrate that, as Federico Fellini said, “a good wine is like a good movie: it lasts an instant and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new in every sip and, as it happens with movies, it is born and reborn in every sucker. ”
So far our post today, we hope we have explained a bit our origins and of course, we invite you to try our Monte Pinadillo wine!