Bodegas Piqueras | History
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History

since

1915

1915
‘Grandfather’ (‘el abuelo’) Luis Piqueras López has a small winery and he begins to sell jug wine in the town.
1920
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.
1927
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.
1951
Luisa, Luis’s youngest daughter, marries Mario Bonete García who begins his winemaking studies with a view to working in the winery.
1954
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).
1961
Juan Pablo Bonete Piqueras, the current winemaker at Bodegas Piqueras, is born. This year is marked by the introduction of automated bottling.
1972
Wine under the label Castillo de Almansa makes its first appearance in the market.
1973
Extension of the facilities, the first Cask Hall is built for maturing wine.
1975
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.
2000
Mario Bonete dies, and Juan Pablo and Angel take over the reins at Bodegas Piqueras.
2001
The Finca Los Timonares estate is purchased.
2003
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.
2010
Angel’s sons, Pablo and Javier, join the winery, becoming the fourth generation of the Piqueras family to do so.
2015
100th anniversary of Bodegas Piqueras.