When Enrique Forner founded Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres in 1970, in the heart of La Rioja, he crowned his family’s vocation, initiated at the Port of Valencia in 1925, as well as his personal experience of five decades at his Châteaux in Bordeaux. Today, his daughter, Cristina, carries forward the family dynasty with, like her predecessors, a true passion for wine. In 2014, Rueda marked another important chapter in the bodega’s history with the purchase of 125ha of vineyards in the heart of the D.O.
A MAJOR PROJECT
aimed at achieving maximum quality from the bodega’s own vineyards, planted on unique soil
A MAJOR PROJECT aimed at achieving maximum quality from the bodega’s own vineyards, planted on unique soil, with a greater proportion of Verdejo and relevant quantities of Sauvignon Blanc. Its white wines made from especially selected cuvées reveal character and distinction, and are true works of art. In a short space of time, these white wines have achieved a prestige positioning on an international scale confirming the potential offered by the region’s top brands
Marques de Cáceres initiated its project with the aim of becoming part of this onward and upward progression.
Our bodega was devised to
facilitate the wine-making processes
from the vines through to the bottle
It’s ideal location in our very own vineyards allows for the grapes to be collected in a short space of time at the ideal stage of maturity, thus preserving in full their true character and origin.
La elaboración, estabilización y embotellado se reparten en tres naves dotadas de las últimas tecnologías para que la enología arroje la máxima interpretación de la materia prima.
Marqués de Cáceres Rueda owns 125 ha in Rueda, located in Serrada and La Seca. These vineyards are planted mainly with Verdejo and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc, which is under investigation and has adapted perfectly to the conditions in Rueda: many hours of sunshine and stony, gravelly soil with good ventilation and drainage.
Our vineyards are on average 30-40 years old. The smallest is in La Seca and is planted on reddish-coloured, stony, gravelly soil. The largest is set in Serrada where we have constructed our new Bodega. The vineyards form a series of terraces with different types of soil, mainly stony, gravelly soil and some sandy soil as the terrain slopes down towards the River Duero that meanders very close to our property’s northern boundary.
The Rueda D.O. is located in the region of Castilla y León, at an average altitude of 750m. The vines are planted on stony, gravelly soil with good ventilation and drainage. The climate is continental with average temperatures of 13°C and an average annual rainfall of 460mm.
This is Castilla and León’s oldest D.O. dating back to the Middle Ages. At that time the religious orders in the monasteries, Medieval Castilla with its important cities and the Spanish Golden Age marked the beginning of a certain recognition and prestige for the region’s wines that were known as “the golden wines from Rueda”.
The D.O. reached its maximum dimension at the beginning of the 20th century, but following an outbreak of phylloxera and the surge of other more profitable crops such as wheat, the vineyard surface became smaller.
We position ourselves as a prestige Bodega within the Rueda D.O , due to the excellent quality of our vineyards, plantes on gravelly, Sandy and some brownish-grey soil where a confirmed continental climate prevails. We set out to explore with creativity the scope of our vineyards in La Seca and Serrada that are planted mainly with Verdejo and some Sauvignon Blanc.