As we approach the last part of the year, Abadía Retuerta would like to thank everyone who helps to make this project possible. In 2020 we will once again renew our commitment to the countryside, history and people, but before the clock bells mark the final 12 hours of 2019, we would like to share some of this year’s very special moments.
In 2019 many of our dreams and projects came true. Some of them were published on this blog. Others, which fill us with pride, are shared now for the first time.
We have our own vegetable garden. We are particularly proud of this achievement. Although it may seem very small in such a vast property, it strengthens the bond with the land and our history as it revives an activity that the monks used to practice as early as the 11th century. Thanks to our vegetable garden, our roots are stronger than ever in this beautiful land on the banks of the Duero river.
MasterChef visited Abadía Retuerta. Because of that, we sneaked into the homes of many viewers who enjoy cooking and good local produce. The contestants cooked in the garden of the Inn and had to reproduce some of Marc Segarra’s iconic dishes such as the chanterelle mushrooms with Palo Cortado and pine ash, the crayfish with soft wheat bread and almond soup, the suckling lamb with its paté and carrot toffee and, for dessert, the cereal ice cream, toasted honey and raspberry sponge cake. It was a tribute to local cuisine and local produce. The dishes were tasted in the Refectory by a discerning cross section of local wine producers.
We have concluded the estate’s historical report. The best way to look to the future is to understand where we come from. Historian Patricia Andrés spent 18 months looking into different sources, from the archives of the Valladolid Chancellery and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando to the Cadastre of Marqués de la Ensenada or the Heritage Service of the Castilla y León government, to draw up a historical account of our estate. Today we have a greater understanding of the lifestyle of the monks who lived in the abbey as well as their activities on the estate and its main crops, where vines always played an important role.
Corporate Social Responsibility. It is one of our strongest and most enduring commitments. What can we do to build a better world? The answer is outlined in this blog entry published in October and comprises numerous fields of activity: energy savings, reducing the use of plastics, making a wine for charity, reducing our carbon footprint, the digital transformation of the company…
New unique experiences. There are a thousand ways to discover Abadía Retuerta and its historical and rural heritage, so this year we have added three new activities for our visitors: The “Lavender Experience” includes the harvesting, distillation and tasting of essential aromas; the “Abbey’s Vegetable Garden” enables visitors to become farmers for one day and enjoy a delightful tasting paired with vegetables from the garden; and lastly, the “Stellar Experience” invites guests to relax and contemplate the stars from the monks’ magical garden, opposite the Romanesque apse.
An exclusive menu for José Andrés’ Bazaar restaurant. Our chef Marc Segarra created three menus with Holly Jivin, chef of this renowned restaurant owned by José Andrés in Los Angeles. The dinner, held in November, included 11 dishes paired with a variety of cuvées and historical vintages from our cellar. Professionals and the general public were treated to candied artichokes, octopus, natural crayfish with soft wheat bread soup and almond and angus ribs.
Awards. They are the best recognition for a job well done and 2019 was a generous year in accolades. These were the most outstanding:
- Best Wine Tourism Management in the 12th Business Awards by Mercados del Vino y la Distribución publication
- Second position in Spain and Portugal for Abadía Retuerta in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019
- Equal Opportunities for Women and Men award
- Winner of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2019 in the Best Luxury Hotel in Spain category