A look back into our past
I try to create wines that suit our climate and our way of life – wines to drink with the food we grow, make and eat.
Spectra winery was realised to focus on our passion for the region and its ability to produce dry – grown and environmentally sustainable wine. Recently a new home was established on our holistic philosophy to winemaking which starts with climate, empahasises the importance on the vineyard, as well as wine’s relation to the food we love to grow, cook, and eat.
The origins date back to 1860, when the Pérez Foncea family founded the original winery in Fuenmayor, one of the most prestigious towns in La Rioja Alta.
The bodega’s motto is “Great Rioja Wines since 1860”. It is one of only ten firms chosen from Rioja that can sell the so-called “old vintages” from before 1980. These vintages are recognised year after year by international experts such as Robert Parker.
In order to improve the quality of the wines, the best technologies in the elaboration were key. In addition, the winery invested in and built an underground ageing room with a capacity for more than 1,000 oak barrels.
The three mainstays for growth at Valoria over time are: an attractive image, classic and elegant; manufacturing quality wines, from the best grapes in La Rioja Alta; and an interesting price-quality ratio.
Since 1951, after the distributor Francisco Quintana became a partner, the winery opened up markets in Austria, Germany, Benelux, Denmark, England, Switzerland, USA and Japan, among others countries, all the while gaining presence in La Rioja and the rest of the country.
Export make up 40% of sales.
At the end of 2010, the company became known as Bodegas Valoria, S.L. The winery has the advantage of the domestic and international distribution network of the Navarro López group, which exports 70% of its wines to more than 72 countries all over the world.
Sandra and Josh join Sprectra Winery in 2006, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge.
With a new focus on sustainability, habitats for barns owl are created at Spectra winery. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, barn owls are used to ensure rodents are removed from the vineyards.
Spectra Winery is named American Winery of the Year.
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