Bodegas y ViÃ±edos TÃ¡bula was created in 2002 with the financial backing of a group of entrepreneurs coming from diverse sectors in the Castilla Y Leon region. Its creator was JosÃ© Luis MuÃ±oz, a Valladolid entrepreneur who has been at the wineryâs helm since the very beginning of the project.
Well before its foundation, the philosophy and aims of the winery were already clearly set out. The first priority was to find a premium vineyard site. This resulted in todayâs 22 hectare (55 acre) estate situated between Olivares and Valbuena de Duero, in Valladolid province. It was the cornerstone of the project, and the cellars were subsequently built on this estate.
What sets our winery apart is the careful respect we pay to the fruit and our constant aim to bring out the terroir in our wines. It was logical that when JosÃ© Luis MuÃ±oz and our winemaker, Aurora GarcÃa took the first steps in the project they focused their efforts on vineyard location and vines, whilst scanning the length and breadth of the Ribera del Duero to select the best grapes to buy-in.
In addition to the 22 hectare estate in Olivares, Bodegas TÃ¡bula then acquired a 2 hectare (5 acre) vineyard called La Morejona in 2010, which was made up of vines of over 60 years old. To complete the production a further 20 hectares (50 acres) of vines are contracted and supervised by the winery to supply the grapes for the rest of the production.
All the painstaking work put into the vineyard is rewarded at the time of picking, when optimally ripe grapes from the best sites in Ribera del Duero are hand-harvested and sorted on two sorting tables, the first for the bunches, then the second for the berries, before they go into vats for fermentation.
The vat cellar was completed in 2003. Functional and equipped with all the latest equipment, this building has enabled us to reinforce our commitment to the production of high quality wines expressing the elegance and finesse that are the hallmark of all wines made at Bodegas TÃ¡bula.
The vat room is divided into two parts; one side being a line of 150-hectolitres capacity stainless steel vats, in which we vinify our DAMANA â5 months in oakâ and our DAMANA Crianza. On the other side, we have 30, 50 and 100 hectolitre French oak vats, in which we ferment the wines of our TÃ¡bula range before they go into barrel.
Achieving wines that express vineyard origin, grape character and indeed fruit flavour depends on very careful ageing in barrel. The first important job is a judicious selection of barrels, of which there are a total of around 500. These come from the most prestigious cooperages and are specially selected to bring enhanced elegance and finesse in the wines, as well as greater ageing potential, without in any way masking the fruit aromas and flavours. These barrels are renewed every year. Some of them are very special, such as our T5 from the Taransaud cooperage and the Maison Charlois. Then there is our special 15 hectolitre French oak vat, in which Clave de TÃ¡bula finishes its ageing to gain greater refinement during the last months before its bottling.
Between 2010 and 2011 extension work was carried out at the winery to create a new vat cellar, store room, hospitality facilities and offices.
Despite the wineryâs young age, we have been very well received by the public and the press, with high ratings in the most prestigious international publications, such as the PeÃ±Ãn Guide, the Proensa Guide, Robert ParkerÂ´s Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Decanter and the Purple Pages of Jancis Robinson.
Bodegas TÃ¡bula is currently present in over 25 countries, spread out over 4 continents, and is enjoying a period of full expansion.
Special mention should be made of the team at the winery, which has helped the TÃ¡bula family to grow on a daily basis, making new friends who enjoy our wines as they do the company of our small family at the winery.
JosÃ© Luis MuÃ±oz Olmos
Aurora GarcÃa Revilla
Winemaker âTechnical Manager
Armando Alarma GarcÃa
VÃctor Conde GÃ³mez
JosÃ© Miguel AragÃ³n Matilla
MarÃa del Carmen Cuesta del Campo