And so it all began…

Our history begins a long time ago, when, due to the strong and good lands of Castrillo de la Vega, the neighbors started to plant vines for wine production.

As you can see in the village, you can still see the subway cellars that were used in the past for wine fermentation. With the passage of time and the formation of new wine companies, the neighbors began to notice that they could not supply all of them with their individual harvest and that is where the need to form an association arose, in order to have more wine to sell.

At the same time, there were many risks in winemaking and little safety, so by associating they could minimize those risks, but… What was the risk?

The stench. And you may wonder what this is, well, it comes from the fermentation of the grape must. CO2 is produced during fermentation. And what happens if only CO2 is released in a totally enclosed subway cellar? Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are out of oxygen. This is why throughout history there have been serious health problems due to “stench”. In fact, there was always talk of going down to the subway cellar with either a canary or a candle. Thus, the moment the candle went out or the canary died, you had to get out of there “on your feet” if you did not want to die.

But…why did they make the cellars subway? For this begins many, 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 preservation method as emblematic as it is traditional.

For all these reasons, our neighbors from Castrillón decided to join forces in order to minimize costs and sell together. This occurred in 1956 and from then on, the San Roque de la Encina cooperative was created.

From then on, more and more neighbors joined the cooperative, contributing their vineyards and sharing the profits.

We currently have more than 400 hectares and more than 250 members, producing rosé and red wines. Imagine the meetings… but even so, the cooperative continues to go from strength to strength, growing every day a little more, expanding its team and its commercial network.

Our mission is to reach the consumer with the same care that we use to produce our wine. And to demonstrate that, as Federico Fellini said, “a good wine is like a good film: it lasts a moment and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new with every sip and, as with films, it is born and reborn in every briber”.

So much for today’s post, we hope we have explained a little about our origins and of course, we invite you to try our Monte Pinadillo wine!

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