Bodegas Martín Códax was founded in 1986 and was named after the most known Galician troubadour whose medieval poems, the oldest of Galician-Portuguese language, are preserved. In the poems, the troubadour sings to love and to the sea of our coastline.
Since it’s founding, Bodegas Martín Códax has grown and developed; always supporting its people, its land and its culture. The culture is promoted in more than 40 countries over the world.
A project that started with the dream and efforts of a group of winegrowers is now a reality and it is this reality which has let Bodegas Martín Códax become a symbol of Galician wines inside or outside of our borders/country.
The entire historic tradition of good wines, yoked to determined efforts, geniality, and the good practices of our people have determined the existence of largest Winery of Cariñena Denomination of Origin and of the entire Autonomous Community of Aragon.
Grandes Vinos y Viñedos S.A. was set up on was set up on , to channel the sales of a number of co-operatives of Cariñena Denomination of Origin, using a new company name, the most modern installations, and a workforce of the highest level of qualification in various field.
In addition to the co-operatives, the Company's shareholders include the Government of Aragon, acting through the Instituto Aragonés de Fomento (Aragonese Institute for Development), as well as the three most solid financial entities in Aragon, which at the time were called: Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada (Immaculate Conception Savings Institution), Ibercaja, y Multicaja.
The company is currently made up of the following co-operatives: Cooperativa San José de Aguarón, fundada en 1955, Cooperativa San Bernabé de Cosuenda (1955), Cooperativa San Roque de Alfamén (1950), SAT de Cariñena (1967) and Cooperativa Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Villanueva de Huerva (1950).
2002 saw the inauguration of the Winery's new installations, covering over 60 000 m2 and equipped with the latest technological advances. A coupage building with stainless-steel tanks ranging in size from 10 000 litres to 200 000 litres, a bottling line with a rate of production of 12 000 bottles / hour, and an ageing facility with a capacity of 20 000 barrels.
From the time of its foundation, Grandes Vinos y Viñedos has based its strategy on quality, innovation, and commitment to its surrounding s and to the environment, focusing on modernity in new working systems and better control of all processes starting with the grape, creating wines that are unique and of great character that are rooted in the area.
Grandes Vinos y Viñedos has positioned itself as the leading Winery of Cariñena D.O., the largest in the whole of the Autonomous Community of Aragon, and one of the most solid of the wine-producing sector in Spain, with its brands being a growing presence in the domestic and export markets.
“The Grandes Vinos y Viñedos Collection is replete with impressive values.”
Bodegas Valparaiso is part of the family Eguizábal wineries where others are also included:
Marcos Eguizábal, from Rioja, forever linked to the world of wine, bought the wineries Rioja y Jerez in the early 80s.
In 2000, he made another of his dreams a reality, opening this small winery in the heart of Ribera del Duero, with its own vineyard and a very careful preparation.
After his death in 2009 his children Carlos and Rosa Eguizábal take over the winery.
After reaching the cellar, the grape clusters are manually selected and each vineyard is vinified separately in small tanks. In the region, this is called ‘Clos’, that is, wine obtained from the grape clusters from a single vineyard.
The secret in the production of great wines like Pissarres and Clos Cypres is not only in the separate vinification of each vineyard, but also in the low overall vine production.
Owing to the scarce rainfall and quite infertile lands, small and concentrated grape clusters are produced with a high level of alcohol, mature and well-formed tannins that, along with the mineral tastes provided by the slate soil, shape one of the best wines for aging in oak.
With a minimum aging time of 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine of Costers del Priorat reach maturity and are bottled to then await the last step, refinement in bottle.