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Introduction



Bodegas Pirineos

The Bodega Pirineos team is made up of skilled men and women, the majority of whom bring solid theoretical training to the company.

Our team also includes 200 viticulturists, members of the Somontano de Sobrarbe Regional Cooperative and owners of 1000 hectares of vineyards that make up 95% of our land.

The professionalism of this cooperative has doubled in recent years as viticulture has now become the main activity for many members.

The setting up of multi-tasking teams within the winery in 2002 provided a number of benefits to the company, generating important savings, improving internal communication, supporting the company objectives and helping to resolve problems which has had a positive influence on investment.

Our personnel are fully involved in a shared project that is defined by total quality in all processes and by teamwork, motivation and capability. The commitment by all who work at Bodega Pirineos is the key to the recent transformation and continued success of the winery.

Bodega Pirineos is strongly committed to diversity as testament to the wine producing richness of Somontano. Aims of the work carried out include the conservation of the heritage of the region with the use of the varieties Macabeo and Tempranillo; the recovery of indigenous varietals in danger of extinction such as Parraleta and Moristel and the incorporation of others newer varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay.

Bodega Pirineos is also a pioneer with the continuous introduction of cutting edge technology to all processes in the winery; from the reception of the grapes to the complexities of barrel ageing.

The extent of Bodega Pirineos' influence within Somontano is wide ranging and of particular significance. The viticulturists within the cooperative have vineyards that are spread over 23 municipal areas of the region, 20 of which support populations of over 500 inhabitants. Consequently, the support Bodega Pirineos provides to the continuity and growth of their projects actively promotes the socio-economic development of the region and ensures that many small rural villages are kept alive.

The overall success of the winery is a result of shared goals and the hard work carried out by its people. Involvement, participation, continuous training and equality in opportunities are the foundations of our human resources policy.



Location



Bodegas Pirineos

The winery is located on the slopes of the Pyrenees at the very heart of the Somontano region. This spectacular environment is protected from the cold of the Pyrenean peaks by the Sierra de Guara and Sierra de la Candelara mountain ranges.

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The Somontano de Sobrarbe Regional Cooperative was created in 1964 with the objective of bringing together the 500 viticulturists who had started planting vines at that time. They quickly realized that the microclimate "at the foot of the mountain" (the translation of the word Somontano) was remarkable for viticulture.

This small building located 3km from Barbastro became the meeting place of these viticulturists. Their experience dictated that they created wines from the indigenous varieties of Moristel and Parraleta until a time when newer European varieties were introduced.

Bodega Pirineos S.A. was created in 1993 with the objective of producing and selling wines made from the grapes of the associate members. Since then the cooperative has always been the "perfect partner" of Bodega Pirineos.

Over the years there has been plenty of evidence of the successful evolution of a winery that created, among others, one of the founding wines of the current Regulatory Council of the Somontano Designation of Origin: Señorío de Lazán Reserva.

Bodegas Pirineos has always with the full backing of the Aragon government and thanks to the efforts and determination of the Aznar family (first President of the Coop), the Baldellou family (first manager of the winery) and the pioneering drive of the ex-President Alberto Lacoma, the work carried out today at the winery continues to be a true credit to all those who believed in this project from its very beginnings.



Quality



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Bodega Pirineos has adhered to a strategy of continued technological innovation since it was started in 1993. Since then, investment in the company has reached a gross value of 15.5 million euros, an achievement that was recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food who awarded the winery the prize of "Best Spanish Food Company 2000" in the category of "Technological Investment and Innovation".

This policy has been expressed with the implementation of pioneering working systems, which on occasion have become benchmarks for the sector.

• Control of grape reception: consists of an automatic, computerised system used as the grapes arrive at the winery that is equipped with sophisticated control equipment for comprehensive grape analysis. This is the focus of operations during the harvest during which time more than four million kilos of grapes enter the winery.

• Innovative must and wine treatments including; malolactic fermentation in barrel for whites and reds; ageing of wine on its lees in tank and exhaustive investigation into barrels of different woods, from different manufactures and with different levels of toasting to suit the various grape varieties. Also includes the use of advanced systems for the micro-oxygenation of musts and wines and the stabilization of wine using membranes.

• Computer controlled temperatures: all machines used to generate cold as well as the tanks, the interchangers, the ageing area and the bottling storage area all have their thermal information centralised on a computer that is capable of regulating temperatures with an electro valve to match those previously set by the oenologist.

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Within the working winery, Bodega Pirineos has an attractive area dedicated to tourism with a small museum showing how wine was made in days of old. Ancient wine-making equipment is on display and visitors will gain an insight into how the first Montesierra and Señorio de Lazan wines were first produced in the 70's.

Old equipment includes ancient presses, pumps, scales and corking machines on show alongside a number of impressive photographs. An audiovisual display pays homage to the generations of viticulturists that have passed through the Somontano de Sobrarbe Regional Cooperative over the years. Finally, an impressive cellar is home to old concrete wine tanks that have been cleverly converted into an atmospheric bottle storage area.