Spanish wine company Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894 has changed its name to Entrecanales Domecq e Hijos and appointed Gonzalo Entrecanales as its chairman.
The Entrecanales Domecq has been involved in the wine business since 1894, and the passing of the baton to Gonzalo Entrecanales assures the continuation of the family firm for generations to come.
“With utmost respect for our wine estates’ history and my own family’s legacy, our main objective is now to focus on the consolidation and international recognition of our fine wines.
“Particular care will be taken in the winemaking techniques used in the development of all our wines and work on our land through what we call ‘regenerative agriculture’.
“There is also the possibility of building on strategic alliances that will allow us to continue to grow. We are at the start of an exciting journey that we take on with commitment and responsibility”, Entrecanales said.
CEO, Antonio Soto, added: “It gives us great potential for growth and more flexibility to generate and develop opportunities with a long-term vision, both in the production of distinctive wines and in our vineyard management strategy.”
With vineyards and wineries in the most prestigious DOs in Spain, and with over 400 hectares of vineyards, among the wineries in the Entrecanales Domecq e Hijos portfolio are: Cosme Palacio and Glorioso in Rioja, Secreto and Viña Mayor in Ribera del Duero, Caserío de Dueñas in Rueda and El Aeronauta in Valdeorras, which are all run on renewable energy.
Spain’s first female master of wine, Almudena Alberca MW, is the firm’s chief oenologist, and is seeking to make “honest wines with their own personality”.
“Consumers should be able to enjoy the best wines in any category. For this reason, we are entering this new phase with maximum care for quality, which, we hope, will give us greater international recognition without overlooking the importance of being able to offer wines that are accessible to all consumers,” she said.
The company is working on an ambitious biodiversity plan to recover local flora and fauna across Spain.