1. FOUNDATION OF THE ‘WINERY COOPERATIVA DE LA SECA ‘’

    In a Spain immersed in the uncertainty of a political instability that would lead to a Civil War just a year later, the wine-growing families that had their vineyards in the surroundings of the small Valladolid town of La Seca.

  2. FOUNDATION ADD

    Just 3 years later, the partners decided to take the wine to the winery for the first time and put it in large vats.

  3. SIGNATURE OF THE STATUTES OF ‘AGRÍCOLA CASTELLANA’

    Less than a decade after its foundation, the cooperative changes its name to ‘Agrícola Castellana’ and defines its purposes and the responsibilities of the members of its Governing Board.

  4. FIRST COMMERCIAL BRAND ‘FINO 61’

    The 1950s saw the birth of the first commercial brand of the cooperative winery. Under the name 'Fino 61' it is bottled and put on the market solera wine.

  5. THE 'PAGO OF CUATRO RAYAS'

    The current name of our winery is due to a payment on which in the decades of the '50s and' 60s it was said that the best vineyards of the cooperative were found.

  6. CÉSAR PRIETO JOINS AS MANAGING DIRECTOR ’

    The 1970s witness the professionalization and modernization of the winery, which incorporates César Prieto at the head of the management tasks.

  7. ÁNGEL CALLEJA ASSUMES TECHNICAL DIRECTION

    Ángel Calleja - belonging to the first class of winemakers at the Escuela de la Vid in Madrid.

  8. BIRTH OF THE DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN RUEDAA

    The first Regulation of the PDO ‘Rueda’ and of its Regulatory Council was approved in January 1980, being the first Denomination of Origin recognized in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León.

  9. AMADOR DIEZ ASSUMES THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COOPERATIVE

    Amador Diez de Íscar will hold the position of president of Agrícola Castellana for 21 years.

  10. MECHANIZED NIGHT HARVEST

    The last decade of the 20th century brings with it technical innovations that will represent a before and after in the production of white wines.

  11. INNOVATION AND GROWTH

    The energy brought by the change of decade, century and millennium leads the winery to grow and professionalize in a substantial way.

  12. 75 ANNIVERSARY

    The 75th birthday of what was born as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ is celebrated in a very special way. 2010 is the year in which the first vintage of ‘Viñedos Centenarios’ is released.

  13. THE RUEDA'S GREEN WINE IN THE WORLD

    The last five years is featured in one of the most dynamic stages of the cooperative winery. A commitment is made to innovation and technological development by expanding the facilities with the construction of a second headquarters.

  14. CUATRO RAYAS WINERY, GREEN & SOCIAL WINE AND INAUGURATION OF NEW LOGISTICS CENTER

    The last year has been key in the history of our winery at all levels.

  15. FIRST COMMERCIAL BRAND ‘FINO 61’

    The 1950s saw the birth of the first commercial brand of the cooperative winery. Under the name of 'Fino 61', wine from solera, the traditional production of the area, is bottled and put on the market.

  16. #TODOIRÁBIEN

    In a year that will go down in history due to the arrival of an unprecedented international health crisis, Cuatro Rayas faces the COVID-19 pandemic by demonstrating an enormous capacity to adapt to adversity.

1935 FOUNDATION OF THE ‘WINERY COOPERATIVA DE LA SECA ‘

In a Spain immersed in the uncertainty of a political instability that would lead just a year later into a Civil War, the winegrowing families that had their vineyards in the surroundings of the small Valladolid town of La Seca – encouraged by the town doctor, Fermín Bedoya – decided to group together and form a cooperative that would allow them to get the most out of their work in the vineyards. The concept was simple: united, they would not only be bigger, but much stronger.

1938 FOUNDATION ADD

Just 3 years later, the partners decided to bring the wine to the winery for the first time and put it in large vats. They chose the best they had with a clear objective: to elaborate aged in a community way and in everyone’s home; with this vintage they would be officially constituted as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ in July 1939.

1944 SIGNATURE OF THE STATUTES OF ‘AGRÍCOLA CASTELLANA’

Less than a decade after its foundation, the cooperative changes its name to ‘Agrícola Castellana’ and defines its purposes and the responsibilities of the members of its Governing Board in signed statutes in La Seca in December 1944. Among other requirements, those who wanted to join as new cooperative members had to ‘be presented by two members and contribute at least 500 strains’.

1950 FIRST TRADEMARK ‘FINE 61 ‘

The 1950s saw the birth of the first commercial brand of the cooperative winery. Under the name of ‘Fino 61’, wine from solera, the traditional production of the area, is bottled and put on the market. The story behind this name is, to say the least, curious: during the winery’s first years there was a rumor that, of all the vats loaded with wine, number 61 was the best of all, which is why this vat would end up baptizing the first brand of the house.

1960 THE ‘PAYMENT OF THE FOUR STRIPES ‘

The current name of our winery is due to a payment on which in the decades of the ’50s and’ 60s it was said that the best vineyards of the cooperative were found and in the one that converged four municipal terms: La Seca, Rodilana, Medina del Campo and Rueda. The ‘Pago de las Cuatro Rayas’ is still owned by a partner of the cooperative winery and currently contains Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc vines.

1971 CÉSAR PRIETO JOINS AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

The ’70s witness the professionalization and modernization of the winery, which incorporates César Prieto at the head of the management tasks. Prieto will assume the Management for 37 years, in which he makes a firm and active commitment to the promotion of the wine sector and the recognition of the quality of the winery’s wines; In addition to his management tasks at Cuatro Rayas, he will be the drafter of the first regulation and president of the DO Rueda Regulatory Council between 1992 and 2000.

1975 ÁNGEL CALLEJA TAKES ADDRESS TECHNIQUE

Ángel Calleja –belonging to the first class of winemakers at the Escuela de la Vid in Madrid– joined the winery as technical director in the mid-1970s, where he will be dedicated body and soul for more than 40 years. With it, the winery will undertake different phases of transformation, process control and technical adaptations that will boost the production of Cuatro Rayas in a quantitative and qualitative way.

1975 BIRTH OF THE DENOMINATION OF RUEDA ORIGIN

The first Regulation of the PDO ‘Rueda’ and its Regulatory Council was approved in January 1980, being the first Denomination of Origin recognized in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. The wines of ‘Agrícola Castellana’ could benefit from this new organization from the outset, thus being recognized for their quality and the exceptional characteristics of the vineyards of their cooperative members.

1988 AMADOR DIEZ TAKES THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COOPERATIVE

Amador Diez de Íscar will hold the position of president of Agrícola Castellana for 21 years. During this period, he carries out his tasks with three essential objectives: to professionalize and protect the employment of cooperative wine-growing partners, optimize the quality of the winery’s products and enhance the value of the DO Rueda wines, whose Regulatory Council he will preside over in 2006. His figure is essential to understand the process of expansion and internationalization of the winery during the ’90s and later.

1990 MECHANIZED NIGHT HARVEST

The last decade of the 20th century brings with it technical innovations that will represent a before and after in the production of white wines. The winery incorporates these advances into its harvesting processes with the implementation of specialized machinery for the mechanical harvesting of the grapes, a technique with which it is achieved that the collection is fast and that the entry of the grapes into the presses occurs in optimal conditions. In addition, it is decided to carry out these processes at night, at which time the grape is subjected to thermal contrasts that preserve and enhance the aromas and properties of the harvested varieties.

2000 – INNOVATION AND GROWTH

The energy brought by the change of decade, century and millennium has led the winery to grow and professionalize in a substantial way. The growth in sales figures for bottled wines is especially significant, going from around 2 million bottles at the beginning of the decade to reaching 10 million bottles in 2010. On the other hand, the workforce is growing and the organization chart of the winery is diversified: they are the first dawning of the current Commercial department, which incorporates specific technical personnel for Export, the Food and Hospitality channel. The Purchasing department was also created at this time and in 2010 a second bottling line was implemented in view of the exponential growth in demand for bottled product.

2010 – 75 ANNIVERSARY

THE 75th birthday of what was born as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ is celebrated in a very special way. 2010 is the year in which the first vintage of ‘Viñedos Centenarios’ is released – a Verdejo from parcels selected from those that were owned by the founding partners and which today is among the most successful products of the winery -, the beginning of the great sports and cultural sponsorships -being chosen as the official white wine of SEMINCI and beginning to sponsor the Valladolid Handball Club-, and it is also a year of great weight in the internationalization of the Cuatro Rayas brand with the arrival for the first time once to the Chinese market or the presence at the Annual Gala of the Hispanic Society in New York. Among other commemorative events for the 75th anniversary, the winery facilities host a tribute event to the trajectory of the Cooperative attended by more than 1,000 guests and authorities and, in addition, a delegation of representatives of the winery is received by the Príncipe de Asturias in the Palacio de la Zarzuela, where a centenary Verdejo strain is planted as an official gift to the Royal Family.

2015 THE VERDEJO WINE AROUND THE WORLD

The last five years is featured in one of the most dynamic stages of the cooperative winery. A commitment is made to innovation and technological development by expanding the facilities with the construction of a second headquarters, also located in La Seca, which houses the bottling plant, the logistics section and modern spaces for administration, management and organization tasks of events. In addition to reinforcing the positioning of the Cuatro Rayas brand as a benchmark in the Rueda white wine sector both nationally and internationally, the product portfolio is significantly expanded and diversified with the launch of the first protected reds from the winery. by DO Ribera del Duero. The winery’s first vermouths – made from Verdejo and Tempranillo -, frizzantes and a new category of premium wines are also born, with which excellence and differentiation in the sector are sought. Bodega Cuatro Rayas accompanies Real Valladolid CF on their promotion to the First Division, stars in pairings in the National Pinchos and Tapas Contest and toasts the winners of the Miguel Delibes National Journalism Award. Awards and recognitions are reaped in publications of national and international oenological prescription and the 40 vintages of Ángel Calleja are celebrated at the head of the production with the birth of an exclusive range for hospitality and specialized commerce.

2019 CUATRO RAYAS WINERY, GREEN & SOCIAL WINE AND INAUGURATION OF NEW LOGISTICS CENTER

The last year has been key in the history of our winery at all levels. Almost 80 years after the birth of our cooperative, we changed the name of our company name from ‘Agrícola Castellana’ to ‘Bodega Cuatro Rayas’ and we renewed our bylaws. We launched our sales over the internet by launching our new online store and we implemented an application as a communication channel with our partners and employees. We implemented an Equality Plan to guarantee equal opportunities among all our workers and cooperative members and we sealed our commitment to social and environmental sustainability with the launch of our own ‘green & social’ label, which protects our actions in the field of preservation of the natural environment and the revitalization of the rural population.

In addition, on May 5, 2019 we inaugurated the new facilities that bear the name of Amador Diez, president whose work and imprint for two decades (1989-2009) was fundamental in the future of the current Cuatro Rayas Winery.

2020  #EVERYTHINGWILLBEFINE

In a year that will go down in history due to the arrival of an unprecedented international health crisis, Cuatro Rayas faces the COVID-19 pandemic by demonstrating an enormous capacity to adapt to adversity. The Governing Council of the Cooperative makes the decision to renounce the application of an ERTE to the workforce and retains the employment of the winery workers, who adapt their daily tasks by putting into practice teleworking and social distance formulas to keep production active , distribution and sales. A notable effort is made to favor and facilitate the arrival of the product to end customers through food chains and direct online sales, ensuring that consumers confined to their homes have access to their Cuatro Rayas products in a simple and effective way.

In addition, despite the economic and logistical difficulties derived from the months of confinement, the winery’s commitment to its cooperative partners is shown, guaranteeing the collection of all the grapes during the harvest period.

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