Bodega Menade Bodegas Menade was founded in 2005, but Alejandra, Marco and Richard are the sixth generation of a long-standing wine family.
Family history begins in 1820, when their ancestors tended vineyards in a large number of locations that are now part of D.O. (Denominación de Origen) Rueda. Vinification took place in an underground facility in La Seca, carved in solid rock at the beginning of the 19th century. At the time, La Seca was a thriving community with a huge number of small cellars, but unfortunately these have now largely disappeared, and have fallen into ruins.
It is therefore very pleased that the original architectural features of the winery have been preserved and somewhat improved by restoration work.
Ricardo Sanz is therefore the sixth generation winemaker of the family and together with his brother Marco and his sister Alejandra they started Bodega Menade in 2005. At Menade they have a very modern approach to wine making with the absolute focus of organic and organic cultivation of the native grape varieties such as the Verdejo. The Sanz family in Rueda is legendary and their importance in terms of innovation should not be underestimated. Every generation, dating back to 1860, has been a pioneer in the field of innovation. From the first mechanical press for the production of the first fresh (non-oxidized) wines of the region. The current generation was the first to start working biologically in the Rueda and naturally fermenting the grape juice.