The foundation of Bodegas Corral, the home place of Don Jacobo, over a hundred years ago was due to the foresight of Saturnino Daroca, a born and bred Riojan grower and winemaker, who started planting his first vineyards in Sojuela, a small village near Navarrete. His daughter married Martin Corral who contributed his name and family crest to the winery, a reminder of its family nature to this day. In the fifties with the involvement in the business of the third generation of the family, Gregorio and Florencio Corral, the bodega spread into new markets. It was the beginning of a notable increase in the commercial activity of the enterprise. The new cellars in Navarrete were built in 1974, in order to cope with the growing demand, but always maintaining the highest quality of winemaking and craftsmanship. In the same year, the family run management changed into a shareholding owns by families from Rioja.
The vineyards of Bodegas Corral form an important part of their operations, enabling them to control the proportions of different grape varieties and to guarantee the correct treatment and cultivation of the vines, maintaining their own high standards. The experienced wine growers and viticulturalists at Bodegas Corral know how to obtain from their vineyards the most appreciated qualities due to the precise and constant supervision which they dedicate to the grapes, the pruning, the soil, the treatment, the flowering and the development of the grapes themselves, until the harvest arrives and all their efforts are compensated by exceptional fruit.
Experience has shown that certain grape varieties produce the greatest wines and therefore these are grown on the Corral Domaine, such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano for the Red wines and Viura and Malvasia for the White wines. But overall, it is the Tempranillo grape which deserves special attention, since it is undoubtedly the supreme variety in Rioja. Tempranillo produces wines with moderate alcoholic degree and acidity, open to the palate and ability to age particularly well, as it does not lose its freshness.
(Source: Don Jacobo Spain)