This is not merely the history of a winery, but that of a family bound by a passion: our land and vineyards. Over the years, the different generations of our family, spurred on as they were by this passion, have faced up to increasingly greater challenges to maintain the vitality of our winery and to ensure its ongoing development, looking to the future while conscious of its deep roots in the past.
Our family saga begins with Joaquín Martínez Bujanda opening the first winery on a narrow track in Oyón.
Viura vines are planted for the first time in Alto Cantabria. This grape is used for our Conde Valdemar white, barrel fermented Viñedo Singular wine.
Jesús (third generation), with the help of his son Jesús (fourth generation), decides to buy the first plot of what is currently our, over 180-hectare Finca del Marquesado vineyard.
Opening of the current facilities and the creation of the Conde Valdemar brand.
Our Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria is made for the first time, constituting a landmark in Spanish winery history as the first white wine exclusively fermented and made in a barrel. This first production run is for the Restaurante Akelarre.
Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria is marketed both nationally and internationally.
Graciano is planted at Seis Alhajas; one of the first wineries to promote the recovery of this variety.
Important novelties occur in the course of this time: the first automatic system is created in Europe to control the temperature for fermenting in stainless steel vats; the bleeding-off method is recovered in the making of rosé wine; the first varietal Reserva Garnacha is made; and work begins on the plots in the vineyards.
White Tempranillo is planted in Alto Cantabria. A few years later we become the first winery to market a wine made exclusively of this variety which comes from a mutation of red Tempranillo into white.
Maturana is planted in Balcón de Pilatos, a native variety that has been recovered and is unique the world over. Moreover, the “boutique” winery is opened, which consists of facilities exclusively dedicated to limited production and special wines.
We make our first Ribera del Duero wines.
More comprehensive work is done on the plots; single vineyard wines are made and native varieties recovered; Graciano, Maturana and Tempranillo Blanco varietal wines are made.
The fifth generation, Ana and Jesús, build Valdemar Estates, the first non-American winery in Walla Walla (Washington State, USA).