Monthly Archives: March 2018

Cuatro Rayas and its commitment to recycling

Cuatro Rayas Winery has just joined the 2017-2019 Business Plan for Packaging Waste Prevention intended for the wine and spirits industry. This is an initiative from Ecovidrio, a non-profit organisation in charge of managing the recycling of all glass containers in Spain. Admittedly, recycling is everyone’s task and a simple gesture –like throwing away a bottle in a green bin– can help society if all of us make our contribution.

The philosophy of Ecovidrio and the extraordinary work they have been developing for two decades has encouraged us to sign this collaboration agreement that has a lot to do with the protection of the environment and sustainable development. The first line of action we have committed with is to adopt a series of measures to reduce the weight of the primary packaging; e.g., the usage of lighter bottles, in our case. Another established objective has to do with the weight of the tertiary packaging, pursuing to reduce the micronage of the stretch film (for palletisation) and shrink wrapping (to put together primary packaging); e.g., pallet wrapping film will be thinner, although it will improve its elastic properties.

Another of the commitments of Cuatro Rayas with Ecovidrio refers to the increase of the percentage of recycled material used in our winery, not only in the packaging but also in the cardboard packages. The latter concerns to the generic cardboard boxes we use at Cuatro Rayas Winery and, since we joined the plan, even the dividers of the interior which we are using are made of recycled material.

As you can see, Cuatro Rayas makes its contribution to recycling committing to sustainability. We believe, and we are sure that the project will become bigger soon with the help and responsibility of everyone.

Wine tasting of the wine with the longest tradition in Cuatro Rayas

‘61 Dorado’ is the oldest wine of Cuatro Rayas Winery. It is said to be the most genuine
and with the most tradition. It was born and bottled in our cellar more than half a
century ago. Undoubtedly, it best represents the purest tradition of wines produced and
consumed in the region of Rueda, long before the arrival of young, fresh and fruity
Verdejo variety wines that we know today.

Ángel Calleja –governing board member of Cuatro Rayas and, for more than four
decades, winemaker of the cooperative– knows very well the history of this wine. Ángel
tells us that 61 doesn’t refer to vintage, but actually, it has to do with the numbering of a
vat. Because, at the very beginning, winegrowers used to make their wine at home until
they established the cooperative. It was then when they took the wine from their houses
and poured all their contributions in a shared vat. Even though there were a few, number
61 was the best of all. Hence every wanted to buy its wine. So, that is the reason for the
name.

‘61 Dorado’ is a dry, liqueur wine, as a result of the oxidative ageing. Its alcohol
content is no less than 15% and must remain in oak for, at least, the previous two years
immediately before its commercialisation. Given Cuatro Rayas Winery performs the
traditional method, this wine has to types of ageing: biological (developing a film of
yeasts in a Jerezana butt) and oxidative (in 640L casks that allow the contact of the
wine with the wood). We can’t talk about vintages with this wine, as we produce it
following the tiers and soleras system.

Ángel Calleja and the current Cuatro Rayas’ winemaker, Elena M. Oyagüe, help us to
understand this wine better through the language of wine tasting. Appearance stage: it is
bright, limpid and golden because of the oxidative ageing. It has characteristic aromas
of biological ageing: hints of dough and yeasts, and oxidative ageing: almonds and nuts.
Balsamic, complex with bitter hints and a long finish. Regarding the pairing and
consumption, Elena recommends pairing it with a wide variety of cheeses, while Ángel
opts for game meats and artichoke stews.

Cuatro Rayas makes a toast to equality

The toast that today make us raise a glass deserves our full attention. While raising the glass, a group of Cuatro Rayas’ men and women staff state their clear support for a social cause. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (8 March), everyone wanted to emphasise upon a fair claim: the one about equality! Nevertheless, this claim needs the awareness and collaboration of everyone. Because Women’s Day is not just synonymous with labour rights and opportunities for everyone but also brings on the table other challenges the society must address, such as conciliation, fight against stereotypes and gender-based violence. Achieving these goals will result in a fairer, freer and more egalitarian society.

The employment of women in Cuatro Rayas Winery reaches all areas and levels, in fact, 30% of the staff are female workers. Within our ten departments, some women are in leadership positions and other women share responsibilities with other members of the working team. Today we want to show you some examples. The first one was Elena M. Oyagüe, who has been working 20 years in Oenology and today is the manager of this department, after receiving the baton from the recently retired Ángel Calleja. She is in charge of the department where Roberto López also works; he is from the town of Almazán in Soria, holds a degree in Chemistry and Oenology, and has been working in the winery for ten years.

Photo caption. From left to right Roberto López (Winemaker); María Estévez (Communications and Wine Tourism); Raquel Fernández (Export Area Manager); Rebeca Altable (Vineyard Department); Vicente Orihuela (Managing Director); Susana Diez (Governing Council Spokeswoman); Juncal González (Lab Manager); and Quique González (Vineyard Technician).

Juncal González is at the head of the Laboratory Department. Born in La Seca, she has been associated with the winery for twelve years, and she came here after finishing her studies as Environmental Health Technician. Raquel Fernández is one of the three saleswomen working in the Export Area. She is from Burgos, graduated in Economics, and holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade. In the image under this post, next to her there is Rebeca Altable, member of the Vineyard Department team. She graduated in Agricultural Engineering, also holds a Master’s Degree in Winery Direction and Management. She works closely with Mercedes and two men, Quique González and José Martínez, and the latter is the manager of the team. María Estévez is one of the three members of the Communication and Wine Tourism area, together with Álvaro and Sonia. She was born in Madrid, but lives in Valladolid; she graduated in Advertising, holds a Master’s Degree in Winery Direction and Management from Business School of Valladolid.

The last ones of the picture are Susana Diez, the only Governing Council spokeswoman, who represents all 300 members of the cooperative – it is worth mentioning that a third of this membership base are women– and Vicente Orihuela, Managing Director of the Winery. Orihuela explains how the firm Cuatro Rayas works since, in recent years, they have implemented a strategic plan aimed at improving the quality of life of the workers. Hence, among their objectives, they are planning the implementation of an Equality Plan in the short term. This new project will include a series of measures that will put special effort in working towards gender equality and its relationship with common issues including schedules, personal and labour relationships, access to employment and labour conciliation.