Welcome to Abadia Retuerta

Abadía Retuerta is a mute witness to history and a place where the land and the vine come together. The duty of our Duero Valley winery is to respect and preserve the legacy we have inherited in one of the top wine regions of Spain, our surroundings, the monastery and its wines. To return what we can to the earth, enhancing and increasing what we have so generously been given.

Our wines, made from a careful selection of the best grapes in our vineyards, are a bold commitment to terroir wines.

Terroir

terroir

“Extreme climate, complex terroir”

The Duero Valley is house for some of Spain top wines. In this region, winters are cold and summers baking hot, there are sharp temperature differences between day and night; sunshine is plentiful and rain is scarce, creating the ideal conditions for grape growing.

The river basin where our vines grow is the product of thousands of years of erosion, alluvium, sedimentations and changes in soil composition. This has created a very diverse terroir in this unique wine region, where the texture, the proportion of minerals and water absorbed or retained by each plot in the estate varies.

“Our philosophy is based on winemaking by plot”

Our philosophy is based on winemaking by plot. The composition of the soil of each of our 54 plots is different: clay by the riverbank, pebbles and sand on the slopes, gravel in the lower parts of the estate, and limestone on the higher ground … Therefore, each terroir contains only one grape variety, which is carefully selected to extract the best the land has to offer to make Spain top wines.

“A mosaic of vines”

The vineyards extend along the North-facing slopes, climbing from the river bank to heights of up to 850 metres. This difference in altitude, together with the different soil types, creates variations in the yield from each vineyard and, therefore, grapes with very different characteristics.

Working with vines that are now more than twenty years old, we have gradually brought our wines to maturity. During this time we have grown to know each of the vineyards of the estate in detail, studied their characteristics, and planted the grape varieties best suited to each soil type.

“We make technology serve tradition”

Our winery is one of the most advanced in Europe.

In order to reduce our processes and be more careful and respectful when handling the fruit of the vine, we have designed and patented an ecological gravity-led winemaking method. The result is a more natural, gentler processing of the grapes.

Just like the cave that was built hundreds of years ago by the monks who came before us, our ageing cellar has also been dug out of the mountain to ensure natural temperature control and energy savings.

In our pursuit of excellence to prepare top wines in Spain, we are also strongly committed to technology, research and innovation.

Legacy

legado legacy

“A secular legacy”

We are the heirs to a thousand-year-old tradition and historic legacy in Duero Valley, Spain’s renowned wine region.

From the outset, we have strived for and achieved a balance between tradition and technology, between centuries of history, a deed respect and the hand of man, thus making Abadía Retuerta a unique experience that revolves around wine

The hotel Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, which was opened in March 2012, located in the 12th century monastery, with a comprehensive cultural, wine and culinary offer in the heart of the Duero Valley. Conceived as a reference point for first-class wine tourism, its objective is to achieve a recognised position in the luxury hotel sector in Spain (Relais & Chatêaux). Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine hotel restaurant, under the guidance of Andoni Luis Aduriz as our culinary director and Marc Segarra as head chef, has a Michelin Star.

“Centuries of tranquility”

In an endeavour to establish Christianity in Castile during the Reconquest, the Count of Castile commissioned the construction of a series of convent-fortresses. As a result, in 1146, the Premonstratensian order built the monastery of Santa María de Retuerta in a beautiful enclave on the banks of the Duero River.

The monks of the order of Saint Norbert were given terras et vineas (land and vines) in Duero Valley and the second abbot brought the first French grape varieties from Burgundy that were planted in this famour Spain wine region. Since then, the land of our estate has been dedicated to the vine, to silence and to devotion.