Seghesio Family Vineyards continues to specialize in benchmark Zinfandels and Italian varietals made from estate-owned and farmed vineyards, including those Edoardo and Angela first planted in 1895.
The company philosophy is strongly embedded in tradition and terroir, from the scrupulous tending of the vineyards, through to the ageing of the wines in large oak casks.
When Laureano decided to produce his own wines, he converted the garage just off of the family home into a winery, naming it ‘Bodega Garage.’ While the winery is now located in a small building, built by his son, Ary, Laureano has remained true to his small production,
family run roots. The new winery still sits next to the family home and Laureano’s wife and five children are all involved. Only 1,700 cases of hand-labeled bottles are produced each year.
In 1777 Abundio Balbás, the pioneer, began to use his own grapes to produce red wine for local consumption, which he transported and distributed in wineskins known as odres, which he made himself. The family continued to make and sell wineskins until the arrival of glass bottles.
The name of Balbás has been linked to wine for six generations and, today, it’s Abundio’s great-great-grandson, Juan José Balbás, who runs the company and is a key figure in the Ribera del Duero D.O. In fact, Bodegas Balbás was one of the pioneering wineries that helped to set up the appellation in 1982, which covers more than 300 wineries today. Juan José Balbás was president of the D.O. Regulatory Council from 1996 to 2000.