A legacy built through the efforts of five generations

1870

1870

Jaime Torres Vendrell, together with his brother Miguel, founded the company and built the winery in front of the Vilafranca del Penedès railway station. They come from a family of winegrowers whose origins date back to 1678.

 

Historical Events at the Winery

1904

1904

His Majesty King Alfonso XIII visits the winery. Lunch was served in a 500,000 litre wooden cask.

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Distinguished Visitors

1907

1907

On February 7, 1907, Juan Torres Casals, son of Miguel Torres Vendrell, registered the trademark Coronas. He had assumed the company's management from his father a year earlier, who had been in charge after D. Jaime's death in 1904.  

Product launches

1928

1928

Juan Torres begins wine distillation and brandy ageing.

Product launches
Wine-making innovations

1932

1932

At 23 years old, Miguel Torres Carbó succeeds his late father, taking over the company's management with the help of his mother, Doña Josefa.

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1939

1939

Three months before the end of the Civil War in Spain, the winery was partially destroyed by aerial bombardment of the railway station.

Historical background

1942

1942

Miguel Torres Carbó orders to rebuild the winery. In a telegram that he sent from Havana in December of that year, he says: “Resolved continuity of service for our wines. First major guaranteed order. Activate warehouse reconstruction work ”. With this, the sale of bottled wine also begins and Coronas is marketed for the first time.

Historical background
Product launches

1954

1954

Sangre de Toro” was placed on the market.

Product launches

1963

1963

Upon finishing his enology studies in Dijon (France), Miguel A. Torres, son of Miguel Torres Carbó and Margarita Riera, assumed the technical direction of the winery. Introduces the innovative cold fermentation technique and creates the first Viña Sol (registered trademark in 1947).

Product launches
Wine-making innovations

1964

1964

Miguel A. Torres introduces foreign vines and begins the plantation of cabernet sauvignon on the Mas la Plana estate, in Penedès, and of chardonnay, years later, on the Castell de Milmanda estate, in Conca de Barberà. Stainless steel tanks are beginning to be used in winemaking.

Wine-making innovations

1970

1970

First vintage of Gran Coronas Etiqueta Negra from the Mas La Plana estate, made mainly with cabernet sauvignon, which will become the Familia Torres wine flagship over the years.

Wine-making innovations

1975

1975

Marimar Torres settles in the US. The presence of Familia Torres wines in this market increases.

Growth / Expansion
Our family history

1979

1979

Bodegas Torres began operations in Chile.

Growth / Expansion
Historical Events at the Winery

1979

The wine “Gran Coronas Etiqueta Negra 1970” won at the World Wine Olympics organised by Gault-Millau in Paris.

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1980

1980

A new phase in red wine production. There was more awareness of red wine production with improved fermentation processes, working with wine from stock of a more reduced and controlled yield per hectare. Oak ageing was perfected to emphasize the importance of the grape (organic) tannins above those from the wood.

Wine-making innovations

1982

1982

Marimar Torres planted the first vineyard in California. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Parellada varieties were planted.

Growth / Expansion
Historical Events at the Winery

1989

1989

The wine “Milmanda” gets third place in a blind sampling of Chardonnay throughout the world.

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1990

1990

Miguel Torres Carbó received the "Creu de Sant Jordi" from Jordi Pujol.

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1995

1995

The 125th Anniversary of Bodegas Torres featured a visit by His Majesty the King Juan Carlos I to our Bodegas Torres wineries in Pacs del Penedès.

 

Distinguished Visitors

1997

1997

The Great Exhibit Hall at the Miguel Torres Foundation was inaugurated.

Historical Events at the Winery
New facilities

1997

The brandy “Torres 20 Hors d’Age” was chosen the Best Brandy in the World

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1999

1999

The American magazine, Wine Spectator, named Bodegas Torres “the Most Important Winery in Spain”.

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2001

2001

A Joint-Venture was set up in India (T.T & G. Trading Private Limited), with which Torres became the first Spanish winery with heavy presence in the country.

Growth / Expansion

2001

Torres was the only Spanish winery mentioned in the “Hall of Fame” by the American magazine Wine Spectator at the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

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2002

2002

Miguel A. Torres received the award “Decanter Man of the Year 2002”, granted by the international magazine Decanter.

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2005

2005

Miguel A. Torres received the award Wine International Magazine, Personality of the Year in the innovation category.

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2005

The launch of the new red wine “Celeste”, the first red wine produced by Torres in the DO Ribera del Duero.

Product launches

2006

2006

Miguel A. Torres was distinguished with the “Lebenswerk” (lifetime achievement) award, which is granted by the prestigious German wine magazine Wein Gourmet.

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2006

Torres received the Prize for the Best European Winery, granted by the prestigious American magazine "Wine Enthusiast".

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2007

2007

The launch of the wine “Salmos”, the first Torres wine produced in the DO Priorat.

Growth / Expansion
Product launches

2007

Miguel A. Torres was named the most influential Spanish vine grower and the second in Europe, according to the annual list published by the magazine Decanter.

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2008

2008

The Waltraud winery was inaugurated.

Historical Events at the Winery
New facilities

2009

2009

Bodegas Torres expands into the DO Rioja. The first Torres red wine produced in that area entered the market: Altos Ibéricos

Growth / Expansion
Historical Events at the Winery
Product launches

2010

2010

Miguel A. Torres received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” awarded by the International Wine Challenge (UK).

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2010

The prestigious magazine Drink Business named Torres the Green Company of the Year for its environmental commitment.

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Mireia Torres Maczassek

2010

Mireia Torres Maczassek, member of the family’s fifth generation, is appointed Director of the Jean Leon and Torres Priorat wineries.

Historical Events at the Winery
Our family history

2011

2011

The launch of Verdeo, produced in the DO Rueda.

Growth / Expansion
Product launches

2012

2012

Miguel Torres Maczassek, a member of the fifth generation, is named the Managing Director of the Torres group.

Historical Events at the Winery
Our family history

2013

2013

Miguel A. Torres received the award “Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Award” in New York.

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2013

Bodegas Torres was considered the most recognised European wine brand and the 11th in the world in “The Power 100” ranking compiled by the British company Intangible Business on the wine and spirits market.

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2014

2014

The British magazine Drinks International recognised Bodegas Torres as the most admired wine brand in the world.

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2014

Bodegas Torres gained ground in Rueda with the purchase of a winery in Villafranca de Duero where it makes its “Verdeo”.

Growth / Expansion

Mireia Torres Maczassek

2014

Mireia Torres Maczassek is named head of R&D&I.

Historical Events at the Winery
Our family history

2015

2015

The British Magazine Drinks Business rewards Torres for its use of renewable energies in the fifth edition of its Green Awards.

 

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Bodega Waltraud

2015

Bodegas Torres is recognized for the second consecutive year as the most admired wine brand in the world by the leading British magazine Drinks International.

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