1. FOUNDING OF ‘BODEGA COOPERATIVA DE LA SECA'

    In a Spain plunged in the uncertainty of a political turmoil that would result, only a year later, in a Civil War, the winegrower families that had their vineyards in the area of the small village of La Seca

  2. FOUNDING VINTAGE

    Just 3 years later, the members decided to take the wine to the winery for the first time and put it into traditional big wooden vats.

  3. SIGNING OF THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF ‘AGRICOLA CASTELLANA’

    Less than a decade after its founding, the cooperative changed its business name to ‘Agrícola Castellana’ and defined its purposes and the responsibilities of the Governing Council.

  4. FIRST REGISTERED TRADEMARK ‘FINO 61’

    The first registered trademark of the winery was born in the 50s. By the name of ‘Fino 61’, it is bottled and marketed for sale as solera wine.

  5. ‘PAGO DE LAS CUATRO RAYAS’

    Our winery took its current name from the vineyard terrain where, in the 50s and 60s, it was believed to grow the best vines of the cooperative.

  6. CÉSAR PRIETO BECOMES AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

    The 70s bear witness of the professionalisation and modernisation of the winery, led by César Prieto in charge of the management tasks.

  7. ÁNGEL CALLEJA ASSUMES TECHNICAL DIRECTION

    Ángel Calleja—a graduate of the first promotion of winemakers at Madrid School of Vine—joins as technical director of the winery in the mid-70s.

  8. BIRTH OF THE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN RUEDA

    The first Regulation of the DOP ‘Rueda’ and its Regulatory Council was passed in January 1980.

  9. AMADOR DIEZ ASSUMES THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COOPERATIVE

    Amador Diez de Íscar acts as Chairman at Agrícola Castellana for 21 years.

  10. MECHANICAL NIGHT HARVEST

    The last decade of the 20th century brings technical innovations that will become a milestone in the production of white wine.

  11. INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

    The energy provided by the change of the decade, century and millennium leads the winery to substantially grow and professionalise.

  12. 75 ANNIVERSARY

    The 75th anniversary of the first born as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ is celebrated in an incredibly special way.

  13. THE VERDEJO WINE FROM RUEDA IN THE WORLD

    The last five years has been dominated by the most dynamic stages of the cooperative winery.

  14. BODEGA CUATRO RAYAS, GREEN & SOCIAL WINE AND LAUNCHING OF A NEW LOGISTICS CENTRE

    Last year has been crucial to the history of our winery at all levels.

  15. #TODOIRÁBIEN

    This year will go down on history due to the outbreak of an unprecedented international health crisis; Cuatro Rayas faces COVID-19 pandemic demonstrating an enormous adaptive ability to handle adversity.

1935 FOUNDING OF ‘BODEGA COOPERATIVA DE LA SECA’

In a Spain plunged in the uncertainty of a political turmoil that would result, only a year later, in a Civil War, the winegrower families that had their vineyards in the area of the small village of La Seca in the province of Valladolid—encouraged by the village’ doctor Fermín Bedoya—decided to join forces and create a cooperative that would allow them to make the most of the vineyard work. The concept was simple: united, they would become not just bigger, but stronger.

1938 FOUNDING VINTAGE

Just 3 years later, the members decided to take the wine to the winery for the first time and put it into traditional big wooden vats. They chose the best they had with a clear objective: ageing the wine collectively in everyone’s home. With this vintage, they would establish officially as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ in July 1939.

1944 SIGNING OF THE ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF ‘AGRICOLA CASTELLANA’

Less than a decade after its founding, the cooperative changed its business name to ‘Agrícola Castellana’ and defined its purposes and the responsibilities of the Governing Council members in the articles of association signed in La Seca in December 1944. Among other requirements, those who wanted to become a new member should ‘be invited by two members and provide, at least, 500 vine plants’.

1950 FIRST REGISTERED TRADEMARK ‘FINO 61’

The first registered trademark of the winery was born in the 50s. By the name of ‘Fino 61’, it is bottled and marketed for sale as solera wine, the traditional winemaking of the region. The story behind this name is, to say the least, funny: in the first years of the winery, rumour had it that, among all the vats filled with wine, number 61 was the best of all, and that is why this one end up giving its name to the first brand of the house.

1960 ‘PAGO DE LAS CUATRO RAYAS’

Our winery took its current name from the vineyard terrain where, in the 50s and 60s, it was believed to grow the best vines of the cooperative, and also was the junction point of four municipalities: La Seca, Rodilana, Medina del Campo, and Rueda. ‘Cuatro Rayas vineyard terrain’ is still owned by a member of the cooperative winery and is planted with Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc vines.

1971 CÉSAR PRIETO BECOMES AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

The 70s bear witness of the professionalisation and modernisation of the winery, led by César Prieto in charge of the management tasks. Prieto takes over the Management and will work for 37 years, making a firm and active commitment to the promotion of the wine sector and the acknowledgement of the quality of our wines, besides his management tasks in Cuatro Rayas. He will draw up the first regulation and become president of the Regulatory Council in DO Rueda between 1992 and 2000.

1975 ÁNGEL CALLEJA ASSUMES TECHNICAL DIRECTION

Ángel Calleja—a graduate of the first promotion of winemakers at Madrid School of Vine—joins as technical director of the winery in the mid-70s, a job to which he will devote himself entirely for more than 40 years. Thanks to him, the winery will undertake several transformation stages, process monitoring and technical adaptations that will boost in content and quality the production of Cuatro Rayas.

1975 BIRTH OF THE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN RUEDA

The first Regulation of the DOP ‘Rueda’ and its Regulatory Council was passed in January 1980, becoming the first recognised Designation of Origin in the Autonomous Community of Castile- León.  The wines of ‘Agrícola Castellana’ managed to join this new body from the start, thus recognising their quality and exceptional characteristics of the vineyards of our cooperative members.

1988 AMADOR DIEZ ASSUMES THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COOPERATIVE

Amador Diez de Íscar acts as Chairman at Agrícola Castellana for 21 years. During this period, he performs his tasks with three main objectives: professionalise and protect co-op winegrower member jobs, improve the quality of the products of the winery, and place value on the wines of DO Rueda, becoming President of its Regulatory Council in 2006. His name is essential to understand the expansion and internationalisation of the winery during the 90s and next years.

1990 MECHANICAL NIGHT HARVEST

The last decade of the 20th century brings technical innovations that will become a milestone in the production of white wine. The winery applies these improvements in the harvesting processes using specialised machinery for the mechanical picking of grapes, a technology that allows for a quick harvest and provides the ideal conditions for the reception of the grape in the winepress. Also, we decide to carry out these tasks at night, when the berries are subject to thermal contrasts that preserve and improve the aromas and properties of the harvested varieties.

2000 INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The energy provided by the change of the decade, century and millennium leads the winery to substantially grow and professionalise. It is particularly significant the growth of bottled wine sales, which increases from around 2 million bottles at the beginning of the decade to 10 million bottles in 2010. Additionally, the workforce grows, and the organisation chart of the winery is diversified: it becomes the inception of the current Sales Department, recruiting technical staff specialised in Export, and the Food and the Hospitality Channel. At this time, it is also created the Purchase department, and in 2010 a new bottling line is installed in response to the exponential growth of demand for bottled product.

2010  75th ANNIVERSARY

The 75th anniversary of the first born as ‘Bodega Cooperativa de La Seca’ is celebrated in an incredibly special way. In 2010, the winery launches the first vintage of ‘Viñedos Centenarios’—a Verdejo, coming from plots selected among those owned by the founding members, that becomes one of the most successful products of the winery. The beginning of the great sport and cultural sponsorships: it is chosen as the official white wine at the SEMINCI (Valladolid International Film Festival) and sponsors Valladolid Handball Club. Also, the internationalisation of Cuatro Rayas brand is significative this year thanks to the launching in the Chinese market or its presence at the Annual Gala of the Hispanic Society in New York. As part of the commemorative events marking the 75th anniversary, the winery facilities hold an event to pay tribute to the history of the Cooperative where more than 1000 people attend, including guests and authorities. Also, the Prince of Asturias receives a delegation of representatives of the winery at the Palace of Zarzuela, where a century-old Verdejo vine is planted as an official gift to the Spanish Royal House.

2015 THE VERDEJO WINE FROM RUEDA IN THE WORLD

The last five years has been dominated by the most dynamic stages of the cooperative winery. We make a clear commitment to innovation and technological development expanding our facilities with the construction of a second headquarters, also located in La Seca, that house the bottling plant, the logistic hub, and modern spaces for administrative, management, and event organisation tasks. In addition to strengthening the brand positioning of Cuatro Rayas as a benchmark in the Rueda white wine sector, both nationally and internationally, we expand and diversify notably our product portfolio with the launching of the first red wines of the winery under the DO Ribera del Duero. The winery also produces its firsts vermouths—made from Verdejo and Tempranillo—, frizzante wines and a new category of premium wines is created to seek the excellence and distinction in the industry. Bodega Cuatro Rayas comes along with Real Valladolid CF in its promotion to the Spanish football First Division, is paired with contestants at the Pinchos and Tapas National Contest, and toasts to the winners of the Miguel Delibes National Journalism Prize. Furthermore, it gathers awards and recognitions in both national and international influential wine publications and celebrates Ángel Calleja’s 40th harvest in charge of the winemaking process with the launching of an exclusive range for hospitality and specialist shops.

2019 BODEGA CUATRO RAYAS, GREEN & SOCIAL WINE AND LAUNCHING OF A NEW LOGISTICS CENTRE

Last year has been crucial to the history of our winery at all levels. After almost 80 years since the birth of our cooperative, we change our business named from ‘Agrícola Castellana’ to ‘Bodega Cuatro Rayas’ and renew our articles of association. We start the sales service via the internet with a new shop online and implement an application as a communication channel for our members and workers. We implement an Equality Plan to guarantee equal opportunities among all our workers and cooperative members and reaffirm our commitment to social and environmental sustainability by releasing our own seal: ‘green & social’, that supports our actions in term of natural environment conservation and revitalisation of the rural population.

In addition, on 5 May 2019, we open new facilities named after Amador Diez, chairman whose work and imprint for two decades (1989-2009) were essential to the development of the current Bodega Cuatro Rayas.

2020 #TODOIRÁBIEN

This year will go down on history due to the outbreak of an unprecedented international health crisis; Cuatro Rayas faces COVID-19 pandemic demonstrating an enormous adaptive ability to handle adversity. The Governing Council of the Cooperative takes the decision not to make a staff furlough (ERTE), and maintains the job of the winery workers, adapting their daily routine and implementing remote work and social distancing to keep production, distribution and sales going. A remarkable effort is made to continue to support and facilitate the product arrival to end customers via food supply chains and direct online sales, ensuring that customers confined in their homes have easy and quick access to Cuatro Rayas products.

Furthermore, despite the economic and logistical challenges resulting from the months of lockdown, the winery shows its commitment to the cooperative members guaranteeing the full grape picking during the harvest.

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