This bodega has been creating wines since the year 1870, however it was only in 2005 when it was rescued and resurrected by the 6th generation of family winemakers; Richard Sanz, Marco Sanz and Alejandra Sanz. With the re-birth of the bodega, came a new name ...“BODEGA TERNA”. Thw name refers to the fusion of three. In this case, the three people who have brought the bodega to life once again.
The philosophy of this wine cellar is to make their own wines, with their own personality whilst respecting the factors which make these varieties special ...the terroir, the vineyards and the grapes themselves.
BODEGA TERNA is dedicated “to the wines” where they create limited quantities of exceptional quality wines. Wines that harness the rustic and native varieties, found in their vineyards, which are the oldest in the region of Castile and Leon.
Then, when Richard Sanz, the 6th generation of winemakers in the Sanz family, decided to step out of his father´s winery and focus on his own project, his older brother Marco did not have any doubts about joining him. His sister Alejandra teamed up with her brothers and in 2005 SITIOS DE BODEGA was established.
There were several reasons behind the decision for Richard and his siblings to create their own society but mostly, Richard wanted to explore modern winemaking techniques and practices whilst still focusing on the native variety of grapes which grow in the Rueda region.
Richard and his siblings have a fresh young approach to wine making and their adventurous characters and personalities are reflected in their award winning wines.
The major piece of work since the SITIOS DE BODEGA’s inception was to convert all of the vineyards to be certified organic, this was a lengthy process which took place over many years and now all production from SITIOS DE BODEGA is certified organic and was the first in the region to have this certification.
The winery’s name SITIOS DE BODEGA comes from an old local expression used by the grape growers which translates to ‘Place of the Winery’. This saying refers to the right each grape grower had at the wineries where he sold his grapes, to be able to enjoy some of the wine which was produced that vintage. This complimentary wine was a gift to each grower after the quantities and prices had been confirmed with the winery. The area in which his complementary wines would be stored was known as his ‘place of the winery’ of Sitios de Bodega.