Abadía Retuera is home to a historic winery, dating back to the 12th century. The estate’s wines are authentic, with great character and a unique personality which truly sets them apart. These are world-class wines.
Soul, passion and excellence lie at the heart of this project, where wine is a way of life.
Abadía Retuerta finds its true essence and raison d’être in its Pago wine.
The estate’s success comes down to Pascal Delbeck, who had the pioneering idea to revive the winery. He brought in Ángel Anocíbar, the winery’s current oenologist and director, who leads the expert team as they seek to make outstanding wines with all the personality and uniqueness of the local terroir, reflecting its truly special character.
Ángel Anocíbar, Winemaker and vineyard and winery Director
Born in a small village in the province of Navarra. He studied Viticulture and Oenology at the Escuela de la Vid in Madrid, before moving to Bordeaux where he acquired his Diplôme National d’Oenologue and Diplôme d’Études Approfondies. Finally, in 1998, he obtained his doctorate in Oenology and Ampelography with the European stamp, becoming the only Spanish person to achieve such a title.
After a couple of grape harvests in France, at Château La Jalgue (Cubeirac) and Calon Segur (Saint Estèphe), he started working at Abadía Retuerta in 1996, under the direction of Pascal Delbeck.
Ángel Anocíbar has won awards for his research, and in 2005 he was named Winemaker of the Year by the International Wine Challenge (Wine Magazine). His wines have won several medals and high praise from critics.
He is a member of the International Wine Academy of France.
Pascal Delbeck: Vigneron and Consultant
He comes from a long line of winemakers, spanning five generations. After studying viticulture and oenology in Bordeaux and Libourne, at the age of 22 he became the youngest director of a Cru Classé when he took charge of Château Ausone (Premier grand cru classé A, Saint- Émilion) and Château Belair (Premier grand cru classé B, Saint-Émilion) both owned at the time by Madame Dubois-Challon.
In 1979, he began to develop patents related to the work of the vineyard and wine: a gravity-based racking system, a “ouillage” system with micro-oxygenation, harvesting in small boxes, sorting table, harvest transportation design, “hélicopigeur” etc… Today, he is the owner of Château Tour du Pas Saint-Georges, in Saint-Georges Saint-Émilion. He also advises many estates abroad, in Turkey, the United States, and, since its origins, Abadía Retuerta.
Pascal is a board member of the International Academy of Wine, Geneva, among other Wine Brotherhoods, and he holds an Order of Merit for Agriculture.