Located in Rueda, the winery was founded and began making wine in 1976, alongside the Appelation of Origin Rueda. The initial years were dedicated to consolidate the brand in the Castilla y Leon region, to later begin a rapid expansion both nationally and internationally.
Palacio de Bornos was the first winery in Spain´s Castilla y León region to produce a sparkling wine, in 1978. Since those early days we have sought to exploit the great potential of the Verdejo grape in a single variety wine, with is individual, unique character, to produce a very high quality traditional-method sparkling wine.
After over forty years of constant effort and continual innovation, with special emphasis placed on the vineyard, Palacio de Bornos has succeeded in becoming one of the best recognized brands of the Rueda appellation, with distribution in the main wine markets of the five continents. This work continues apace now and in the future.
Winery Acreage: 680 acres
Varietals Produced: Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc
Palacio de Bornos boasts 275 hectares (680 acres) of their own vineyards, in the towns of Rueda, Pollos and La Seca, which is more than 30 years old. When choosing a plot, the quality of the soil always takes precedence, with several analysis and soil samples being carried out to assure the structure and that the vine will develop in the most appropriate soil. The soil is characterized by a calcareous clay subsoil and gravelly top soil, with a high concentration of boulders, allowing for good aeration and drainage, ideal characteristics for the successful development of the vine.
The special commitment to the vineyard have led Palacios Bornos to develop continuous research projects – mainly in the field of clonal selection, vine spacing, rootstock and foliar nutrition – through studies at experimental estates. As well as sustainable agriculture projects that contribute to the respect and protection of the environment. The results, once positively tried and tested, are applied to the entire vineyard. The aim has always been to plant the best vines in the best soil, in order to obtain the best wines.
Appelation of Origin Rueda is located in Castilla y Leon and is made up of 72 municipalities, which are located in the south of the province of Valladolid, west of Segovia and north of Ávila. The character of the appellation is defined by three elements that result in high quality differentiated wines, with a strong personality.
- Grape Variety: Verdejo, indigenous to the area, resulting in crisp, pleasant and highly harmonious wines that invite you to continue drinking.
- Climate: continental with low rainfall, marked temperature contrasts between day and night and spring frosts, providing low yields and high quality.
- Soils: gravelly, permitting great ventilation and drainage.
The permitted grape varieties are: Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viura, Palomino Fino, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.