The true ‘terroir’ of Bodega Cuatro Rayas

The social structure of Bodega Cuatro Rayas allows us to make oenological decisions, which in other wineries of the Rueda Designation of Origin would be difficult to make. The mosaic of vineyards terrains, municipalities and vineyard areas owned by our members permits a very thorough tour of the wealth of soils and hillsides spread throughout our closest lands.

It is clear that, from La Seca, Pozaldez and Serrada to the municipality of Medina del Campo or Pozal de Gallinas there are distinguishing nuances that, nonetheless, enrich and complement the vines and soils of such diverse areas as Santiuste de San Juan Bautista and Aldeanueva del Codonal in the province of Segovia. If we add to this vineyard map areas of pre-phylloxera vines areas, eighty-year-old vines, 25 and 30-year-old vineyards and recently joined younger vineyards; the Cuatro Rayas wines can be proud to represent a winemaking region from every angle without a doubt.

The mere fact of having owner-members, whose vineyards are spread throughout the Designation of Origin, is good for everyone because of many reasons. Firstly, because of the enriching diversity, the quality and characteristics of the grapes, and because, in the case of climatology changes or any related disease appearance, some areas may be damaged while other may render free of it compensating the winemaking process.

If the membership base of our cooperative is the engine of our winery, the soils where the vines grow are the foundation of every work we do. In Bodega Cuatro Rayas winery, the vineyards of almost 300 wine grower members are spread across the provinces of Valladolid (97%) and Segovia (3%). In Valladolid, they are located in the municipalities of Almenara de Adaja, El Campillo, Hornillos de Eresma, La Seca, Matapozuelos, Medina del Campo, Nava del Rey, Pozal de Gallinas, Pozaldez, Rodilana, Rueda, Serrada, Valdestillas, Ventosa de la Cuesta, Villanueva de Duero and Villaverde de Medina. In Segovia, the vineyards of the winery are in the municipalities of Aldeanueva del Codonal, Aldehuela del Codonal, Codorniz and Santiuste de San Juan Bautista.

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