Castillo de Almansa
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Castillo de Almansa
Bodegas Piqueras | History
‘Grandfather’ (‘el abuelo’) Luis Piqueras López has a small winery and he begins to sell jug wine in the town.
Two business addresses are registered in Almansa, one on Calle San Antonio (his home) and the other on Calle Méndez Núñez for direct wine sales.
Luis Piqueras spent 8 pesetas on the Christmas lottery and won a prize that he invested by buying an empty lot on Calle Campanario to build a winery.
Luisa, Luis’s youngest daughter, marries Mario Bonete García who begins his winemaking studies with a view to working in the winery.
Angel Bonete Piqueras is born, and this is celebrated by the hand-bottling of the first batch of 100 bottles (3 of these first bottles are still in the winery).
Juan Pablo Bonete Piqueras, the current winemaker at Bodegas Piqueras, is born. This year is marked by the introduction of automated bottling.
Wine under the label Castillo de Almansa makes its first appearance in the market.
Extension of the facilities, the first Cask Hall is built for maturing wine.
Mario Bonete, who had long had his degree in winemaking, wins the National Spanish Wine Tasting Course, and Castillo de Almansa wins the wine tasters’ prize as top Spanish wine.
Mario Bonete dies, and Juan Pablo and Angel take over the reins at Bodegas Piqueras.
The Finca Los Timonares estate is purchased.
Official opening of the new 75,000 square foot winery, with a capacity for 3,000,000 litres of wine, a bottling plant, a cask hall able to hold 3,500 barriques and an on-site retail facility.
Angel’s sons, Pablo and Javier, join the winery, becoming the fourth generation of the Piqueras family to do so.
100th anniversary of Bodegas Piqueras.
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