Puente la Reina, October 2. Bodega de Sarría, part of the Bornos Bodegas & Viñedos Group, is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a journey through its history and its most representative wines, which have won numerous national and international awards.
Located in Puente La Reina, in the heart of the Camino de Santiago, this is the place where his most prized creations are made. Wines that are representative of their land and traditions, in perfect harmony with the most avant-garde vision of winemaking, make up the present of the wide range of Señorío de Sarría wines: Chardonnay, Rosado, Rosé, Crianza, Reserva, Viñedo Cinco, Viñedo Uno and Reserva Especial.
“This is not only the story of a winery; it is the story of a family linked to a passion: the land and the vineyard. Over the years we have faced increasingly important challenges with the aim of maintaining a living, constantly evolving winery that looks to the future, but with deep roots in its past”, says Fernando Zaratiegui, Managing Director of the BORNOS Bodegas Viñedos Group to which Señorío de Sarría belongs.
A unique place, a magical site on the Camino de Santiago
The origins of Bodega de Sarría are to be found in the town of Puente La Reina, a key point on the Camino de Santiago, where the 1,300 hectares of the Señorío de Sarría are located. A unique place that preserves the solemnity and brightness of another time and where Navarrese wine has been produced for centuries in the best selected plots.
With strong and deep roots, the history of the Señorío de Sarría and that of Navarre have been closely linked since their origins. According to chronicles of the time, in the Middle Ages the Lord of Sarría accompanied King Sancho El Fuerte in the battle of Navas de Tolosa, in 1212.
Centuries later, in the 16th century, the history of the Lordship and of Navarre became even more intertwined, as the then Lord of Sarría (Juan de Azpilicueta), brother of Saint Francis Xavier (patron saint of Navarre), paid for the latter’s studies in Paris with the income obtained from the livestock and agricultural exploitation of this estate. The manuscript in which Saint Francis Xavier thanks his brother for this help is still preserved today.
Many years later, in 1953, the renowned Navarrese businessman Don Félix Huarte bought the Señorío, planted new vineyards and built the winery. He started to produce and market wines under the Señorío de Sarría brand name.
Subsequently, in 1981, the winery broke away from the Huarte family and began a new phase, which was given a major boost in 2001, with the start of a new and ambitious project to renovate the facilities and vineyards, with the aim of placing the winery at the forefront of the domestic and international markets. This history had a new turning point in 2008 with the creation of the BORNOS Bodegas & Viñedos Group.
A vineyard with multiple varieties
The winery has more than 100 hectares of vineyards of multiple varieties that extend over the hillsides and slopes of Puente la Reina, Olite and Corella. Each plant, each vineyard and each plot receive exquisite care and particular monitoring to produce magnificent wines of Navarrese origin. Each grape variety has been carefully selected and is grown in the most suitable place, taking into account the light, humidity and temperature conditions required in each case.
“We are located in an area that offers unbeatable climate and soil conditions, which allows us to produce a range of wines that represent all the greatness and distinction of Señorío de Sarría’s 70 years of history”, explains Fernando Zaratiegui.
70th Anniversary Special Edition
In order to celebrate these 70 years of history (1953 – 2023), Señorío de Sarría has launched a limited “70th Anniversary” edition of its most iconic wine, Señorío de Sarría Reserva Especial.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano aged for two years in new French and American oak barrels, Señorío de Sarría Reserva Especial 2017 is a deep cherry red wine with a high robe. Powerful aroma, with fine toasted notes, spices, vanilla, cocoa and soft roasted notes. Elegant and structured in the mouth, with notes of ripe fruit, balsamic and milky notes and a long, round and balanced finish.
A wine worthy of a celebration with so much history.