BELONDRADE got its start in 1994, when Didier Belondrade decided to make a French-style “Vin de chateau”: wines that express the terroir they come from, made with 100% organic grapes from Finca Quinta San Diego. The cornerstone of the project, a firm commitment to the Castilian Meseta and its terroir. You could call BELONDRADE “a Bordeaux chateau in Spain”. To make this possible, it was essential to lay the foundations for the project by having its own vineyards.
A building reminiscent of the Castilian Meseta, long and elegant, that blends into its surrounding. Vicent Defos du Rau designed the building that would be home to the future of BELONDRADE. A future that came in the form of a new wine: BELONDRADE QUINTA CLARISA.
“Belondrade has a new wine from two old plots that they age for longer in barrel and in bottle and are releasing the first vintage, a 2018. All their wines from 2019 are certified organic (the vineyards were certified already, but the wines were not); they have changed the capsules to a more recyclable material, are using more solar energy and, in general, are very much aware of the need to preserve the environment. They only use grapes from their own vineyards and produce between 150,000 and 170,000 bottles that fluctuate depending on the vintage. I tasted wines from 2018 to 2022, as I had not tasted for a while.” – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
- Appellation: Rueda D.O.
- Owner: Didier Belondrade Lerebours
- Winemaker: Marta Baquerizo Mesonero-Romanos
- Varieties Grown: Verdejo
- Age of Vines: 40 hectares.
- Altitude: Between 300-500 meters.
- Farming Methods: Practicing organic viticulture