Winemaker D. Juan Miguel Benítez Garcia with Thibault Leray (Gilbert & Gaillard Spain)
Bodegas Alceño: Jumilla’s pioneering winery celebrates its 150th anniversary
This family-run winery dates back to 1870 and is located in the centre of Jumilla. Founded by Roque Martinez, it is Jumilla’s oldest winery and was the first to market the area’s wines.
Roque’s son Pedro Luis Martinez Garcia made the company so prosperous that, to this day, the name ‘Pedro Luis Martinez’ is synonymous with quality wines, good business management and commercial integrity. In 2011 the winery was acquired by the Bastida Family, who changed its trading name to Bodegas Alceño and brought their expertise and personal contribution to the company by adapting the wines to suit today’s consumers, whilst keeping the same ethos.
Bodegas Alceño is in the process of developing single varietal wines with the native Monastrell variety. It now produces blends from Tempranillo, Syrah, Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera and Cabernet-Sauvignon for the reds and Sauvignon blanc, Verdejo, Airen and Macabeo for the whites. It is also the first winery in Jumilla to make a traditional method sparkling wine - a Monastrell rosé. The winery’s technical staff has been managed by winegrower D. Juan Miguel Benítez Garcia since 1997 and its commitment to experimenting with new wines to open up and develop markets, both at home and abroad, has never wavered.
The winery is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and Gilbert & Gaillard obviously wishes the company an excellent anniversary. (Thanks also to Ana Martinez for the visit to the winery).