It would be difficult to determine how long my family have been linked to the world of vineyards and wine. Several centuries have probably seen many of them plowing, pruning or harvesting the grapes in the red land in Badarán, in order to obtain the best possible fruit. A plain which is ideal for growing grapes, near San Millán de la Cogolla, in the heart of Rioja Alta and with exceptional soil, altitude and climate conditions, where our Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura and Maturana Tinta vineyards make it possible for the Martínez Alesanco Family to produce a whole range of wines that would be impossible to obtain in a different environment.
In the old cellars the family still keeps, a young Angela Martínez Alesanco appears with her parents Pedro Martinez and Pilar Alesanco, tireless workers from whom she inherited her entrepreneurial spirit, perfectionism and wisdom.
We have preserved some vineyards dating back to before the phylloxera plague, which destroyed almost all vineyards in Rioja in the late nineteenth century. The photograph shows Angela and Pedro Martínez Alesanco’s parents and grandparents. Angela is shown in the center quenching her thirst while a very young Peter barely reaches the wooden gates.
Many years have passed since Pilar Alesanco, our grandmother, cooked dinner for the whole family on grape harvest days. Many things have changed and many people are no longer with us, but we still work, pick grapes an look after the vineyards exactly the way they did and just as we keep their memories alive.