One of the pioneers was Celestino Navajas Mature, whose strong family roots to Fuemnayor led him to establish his winery in this town in 1870.
Don Celestino demonstrated great vision by sending his son Alejandro to Bordeaux for his studies. The latter would later acquire a plot whose name would not only denominate one of his merchant ships, but also the heart of the family business: “Bodegas El Montecillo. Alejandro Navajas Cosechero.”
JOSÉ LUIS NAVAJAS, THIRD GENERATION
He studies in Burgundy and becomes the winery’s manager, driving quality and the international success of its wines by introducing innovative winemaking techniques like cold vinification.
PASSING THE BATTON
Having no heirs, José Luis trusts the Osborne famiily, another great wine dynasty, to continue a legacy of courage, vision and expertise.
The Osborne family consolidates the visionary spirit of the founding family, building new winemaking facilities in Navarrete in order to drive the international footprint their emblematic age-worthy wines.
PASSION FOR QUALITY
A new century brought higher quality standards, everything from introducing new Ganímede tanks and small flextanks for fine wines or GPS-controlled vineyard systems. Among other things, an annual barrel renovation rate was defined.
AN EVERLASTING NAME
Our cellar door was renovated and our brand introduced its new visual identity: a return to the foundations, to the heart of our heritage, to the authentic Rioja, to our calling to transcend.
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