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Our History: timeline

Travel along this timeline and discover the key dates in Torres' history. Move along it with the mouse wheel or with the arrows.

  • Company is founded

    1870 Company is founded

    The company is founded by Jaime and Miguel Torres. The bodega is built opposite the railway station in Vilafranca.        

  • Visit of HRH Alfonso XIII

    1904 Visit of HRH Alfonso XIII

    (April 17th) His Majesty King Alfonso XIII visits the bodega. Lunch was served inside a 500,000 litre wooden barrel.

  • Death of Jaime Torres  Vendrell

    1904 Death of Jaime Torres Vendrell

    Since he left no heirs, his companies are divided between his brothers and nephews, except the wine company, which is left to Miguel.

  • Coronas trademark registered

    1907 Coronas trademark registered

    On February 7, Juan Torres Casals registers the Coronas trademark

  • Birth of Miguel Torres Carbó

    1909 Birth of Miguel Torres Carbó

    Miguel Torres Carbó is born in the "Casa Pairal," very near to the Vilafranca railway station. This house was the Torres family museum until 1997.

  • Death of Miguel Torres Vendrell

    1910 Death of Miguel Torres Vendrell

    The company is handed down to his son, Juan Torres Casals.

  • First distillation and ageing of brandies

    1928 First distillation and ageing of brandies

    The company begins the distillation and ageing of brandies

  • Death of Juan Torres Casals

    1932 Death of Juan Torres Casals

    The company is taken over by his son Miguel Torres at the age of just 23, helped in the early stages by his mother, Doña Josefa.

  • Miguel Torres Carbó's wedding

    1934 Miguel Torres Carbó's wedding

    Miguel Torres Carbó and Margarita Riera are married

  • Civil War in Spain

    1936-39 Civil War in Spain

    The bodega is partially destroyed by bombing in January 1939.

  • Rebuilding of the bodega begins

    1940 Rebuilding of the bodega begins

    Wines are no longer sold in bulk, and the wines are sold in labelled bottles for the first time.

  • The first Torres 10

    1946 The first Torres 10

    The first bottled wine, Coronas, is launched

  • The "Sol" brand is registered

    1947 The "Sol" brand is registered

    The "Sol" brand is registered, years later it will become "Viña Sol"

  • The first Sangre de Toro

    1954 The first Sangre de Toro

    Sangre de Toro is put on sale for the first time

  • The first Viña Sol

    1962 The first Viña Sol

    Viña Sol goes on sale for the first time

  • Beginning of modern viticulture and winemaking

    1966 Beginning of modern viticulture and winemaking

    The first of the non-traditional varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, are planted and the first stainless steel tanks come into use.

  • The winery celebrates its centenary

    1970 The winery celebrates its centenary

    The new technique of cold fermentation for white wines is introduced. Fresh fruity white wines, first Viña Sol closely followed by Viña Esmeralda, are blessed with tremendous success, replacing the concept of tired oak-aged whites.

  • Marimar Torres takes up residence in the U.S.

    1975 Marimar Torres takes up residence in the U.S.

    The sales of Torres wines in this market begin to rise.

     

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  • Chilean operation begins

    1979 Chilean operation begins

    Miguel Torres buys 100 hectares (247 acres) of vineyards in Chile. The Chilean wine industry's first stainless steel tanks are imported from Spain, along with the first new oak casks in over forty years.

  • Black Label awarded in Paris

    1979 Black Label awarded in Paris

    Gran Coronas Black Label 1970 wins the Gault-Millau wine olympiad in Paris, with higher marks than wines like Chateau Latour or Chateau Haut-Brion.

  • New era in red winemaking

    1980 New era in red winemaking

    Marks the start of an important period of reflection on the style of red winemaking, reducing the yields of the vines and controlling the process of fermentation. Fruit tannins (from the grapes) start to be preferred to wood tannins, perfecting the ageing in oak.

  • Marimar Torres plants her first vineyard in California

    1982 Marimar Torres plants her first vineyard in California

    Marimar Torres buys 22.5 hectares (56 acres) of vineyards in the Sonoma County region of the Russian River/Green Valley, California, close to the town of Sebastopol. Planting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Parellada begins in 1986.

     

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  • New vineyards in Chile

    1985 New vineyards in Chile

    50 more hectares (124 acres) are bought in Chile.

  • Milmanda awarded

    1989 Milmanda awarded

    Milmanda scores third in a blind tasting of oak-fermented Chardonnays from around the world (the first two were both Montrachets).

  • Miguel Torres Carbó receives the "Creu de Sant Jordi"

    1990 Miguel Torres Carbó given the "Creu de Sant Jordi"

    Jordi Pujol, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, awards the 'Creu de Sant Jordi' (Cross of St. George) to Miguel Torres.

  • More vineyards in Chile

    1990 More vineyards in Chile

    80 hectares (198 acres) more of vineyard land are acquired in Chile, (now 230 hectares/568 acres in total).

  • Gran Coronas Black Label best again

    1990 Gran Coronas Black Label best again

    In a blind tasting held by "Farr Vintners" in London, Gran Coronas Black Label (1971 vintage) once more receives higher marks than all the Grands Crus of the Médoc.

  • Death of Miguel Torres Carbó

    1991 Death of Miguel Torres Carbó

    He is succeeded by his son, Miguel A. Torres.

    The first of Torres's Californian wines is released onto the market.

  • Jordi Pujol visits us in Chile

    1992 Jordi Pujol visits us in Chile

    The Right Honourable Jordi Pujol, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, visits the winery in Curicó (Chile).

  • The Marimar Estate winery opens in California

    1993 The Marimar Estate winery opens in California

    The Marimar Estate winery opens in California (USA).

    Doña Margarita Torres is awarded the 'Fransesc Macià' medal by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

     

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  • HRH The Infanta Cristina visits our winery

    1993 HRH The Infanta Cristina visits our winery

  • Celebration of Torres' 125th anniversary

    1995 Celebration of Torres' 125th anniversary

    Celebration of the 125th anniversary:

    HRH Prince Felipe visits the winery in California

    HM King Juan Carlos I visits the winery in Pacs

  • Honours for Miguel A. Torres

    1996 Honours for Miguel A. Torres

    Miguel A. Torres is awarded the "golden" key to the city of Barcelona in recognition of his business trajectory and for the promotion od Barcelona and Catalonia around the world through his wines.

    The Chilean Government presents Miguel A. Torres with the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins (grado de gran oficial), in recognition of services lent towards improving relations between Chile and Spain, as well as his contribution towards the viticultural development of that country.

  • Miguel Torres Foundation Exhibition inaugurated

    1997 Miguel Torres Foundation Exhibition inaugurated

    The Miguel Torres Foundation Exhibition Hall is inaugurated at the Visitors Reception Centre in Pacs del Penedès, containing the Torres family’s artistic and historic collection.

  • Joint Venture in China

    1997 Joint Venture in China

    Establishment of a Joint-Venture in China: Zhangjiakou Great Wall Torres Winery Co. Ltd.

  • ISO9002 certification

    1997 ISO9002 certification

    Bodegas Torres was awarded with the ISO 9002:1994 certification for its wine and brandy production and bottling processes, following extensive auditing by the officially recognised body, “Det Norske Veritas”.

  • Torres 20 named Best Brandy in the world

    1997 Torres 20 named Best Brandy in the world

    The brandy, Torres 20, is chosen as the best brandy in the world in a blind tasting of brandies and cognacs organised by the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and awarded with a gold medal.

  • Own company in Sweden

    1998 Own company in Sweden

    Torres founds its own distribution company in Sweden: Miguel Torres Sverige AB

  • The Most Important Winery in Spain

    1999 The Most Important Winery in Spain

    The Readers of the North American magazine Wine Spectator declare Torres as “The Most Important Winery in Spain”

  • Commercial activity begins in China

    1999 Commercial activity begins in China

    Torres' commercial office in China opens: Shanghai Torres Wine Trading Co. Ltd.

  • Marimar acquires more vineyard in California

    2000 Marimar acquires more vineyard in California

    73 hectares are acquired on the Sonoma Coast – the best Pinot Noir area in California (USA). The vineyard is named “Doña Margarita”

     

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  • New international expansion

    2001 New international expansion

    Establishment of a Joint Venture in India - T.T & G. Trading Private Limited – the first Spanish winery to do so there

    Miguel Torres becomes part of the Peruvian Company: Distribuidora de Vinos S.A.C

  • Torres in Wine Spectator's Hall of Fame

    2001 Torres in Wine Spectator's Hall of Fame

    Torres is the only Spanish winery mentioned in the Wine Spectator's Hall of Fame in their 25th anniversary issue

  • New Visitor's Centre opened

    2002 New Visitor's Centre opened

    Jordi Pujol, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya,  opens Torres' new Visitors Centre in Pacs del Penedès

  • Miguel A. Torres - Man of the Year

    2002 Miguel A. Torres - Man of the Year

    Miguel A. Torres is named “Decanter Man of the Year 2002” by the international magazine Decanter

  • Nerola launched

    2002 Nerola launched

    Two new wines are launched under the NEROLA label. With this new wine TORRES has sought out the very essence of the Mediterranean (grape varieties, terroir and microclimate) complemented by the contemporary production and management of Mireia Torres (the fifth generation) and finally the quality guarantee of TORRES’ experience, tradition and savoir faire.

  • New vineyards

    2003-2004 New vineyards

    Acquisition of Fundo Empedrado estate in Chile (369 ha / 912 ac), 160 hectares / 395 acres of vineyards in Jumilla, Spain, vineyards in Toro, Spain (40 ha / 99 ac) and a small winery in the Ribera del Duero area of Spain.

  • Death of Doña Margarita Riera Puig

    2004 Death of Doña Margarita Riera Puig

    Death of Doña Margarita Riera Puig, widow of the late Miguel Torres Carbó

  • CELESTE launched

    2005 CELESTE launched

    CELESTE launched – Torres' first red wine made in Ribera del Duero

  • Miguel A. Torres - Personality of the Year

    2005 Miguel A. Torres - Personality of the Year

    Miguel Torres recieves the Personality of the Year award for innovation from Wine International Magazine.

  • Miguel A. Torres receives lifetime award

    2006 Miguel A. Torres receives lifetime award

    Miguel Torres distinguished with the "Lebenswerk" (lifetime) award by the  German magazine Wein Gourmet.

  • Best European Winery

    2006 Best European Winery

    Wine Enthusiast Magazine names Torres as the Best European Winery

  • Launch of first Priorat wine - Salmos

    2007 Launch of first Priorat wine - Salmos

    SALMOS red wine launched. Torres' first D.O.C. Priorat wine.

  • Miguel A. Torres most influential winegrower

    2007 Miguel A. Torres most influential winegrower

    Miguel A. Torres most influential Spanish winegrower and second in Europe, as per July 2007 Decanter worldwide Power List.

  • Land acquired in La Rioja

    2007 Land acquired in La Rioja

    Torres purchases 52,158.23m2 of land in Labastida (La Rioja).

  • New Waltraud Cellar

    2008 New Waltraud Cellar

    Presentation of the new "Bodega Waltraud" for Torres single vineyard wines.

  • Launch of Torres' first Rioja wine - Ibéricos

    2009 Launch of Torres' first Rioja wine - Ibéricos

    IBERICOS  launched – Torres' first red wine made in La Rioja, at the new Labastida winery

  • Alcohol free Natureo launched

    2009 Alcohol free Natureo launched

    Presentation of Torres' first alcohol free wine - Natureo