Our Timeline: 130 Years of Tradition
The first winery
Our family saga begins with Joaquin Martínez Bujanda opening his first winery on a small tract in Oyón.
The first Viura vines in Alto Cantabria
Viura vines are planted for the first time in Alto Cantabria.
Finca del Marquesado
Jesús (third generation), with the help of his son Jesús (fourth generation), buys the first plot of what is currently our over 445-acre Finca del Marquesado vineyard.
Conde Valdemar is created
Opening of the current facilities and the creation of the Conde Valdemar brand.
First barrel-fermented white wine in Spain
Our Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria is first produced. This is the first white wine exclusively fermented and made in a barrel in Spain. The first production run is for Restaurante Akelarre.
Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria
Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria is marketed both nationally and internationally.
Reviving the Graciano wine grape
Graciano is planted at Seis Alhajas. Our winery was one of the first to promote the revival of this variety.
1985 - 1999
Years of research and innovation
Important innovations occur during this time. We were the first in Europe to create an automatic temperature control system for fermenting in stainless steel vats. We also began using the bleeding-off method in making rosé wine, created the first Reserva Garnacha, and began work on the plots in the vineyards.
Tempranillo red becomes white
White Tempranillo is planted in Alto Cantabria. A few years later, we became the first winery to market a wine made exclusively of this variety, which comes from a mutation of red Tempranillo.
The “boutique” winery
Maturana is planted in Balcón de Pilatos. We revived the native variety, which is unique the world over. Moreover, the “boutique” winery is opened, which consists of facilities exclusively dedicated to limited production and special wines.
We make our first Ribera del Duero wines.
2000 - 2017
Recovery of native varieties
More comprehensive work is done on the plots; single vineyard wines are made and native varieties recovered; Graciano, Maturana, and Tempranillo Blanco varietal wines are made.
The fifth generation, Ana and Jesús, build Valdemar Estates, the first non-American winery in Walla Walla, Washington.
Valdemar Estates is led by Owner & CEO Jesús Martínez Bujanda, a fifth generation member of The Valdemar Family. Jesús also oversees operations for Bodegas Valdemar, the family winery in Rioja, Spain. His sister, Ana, is Director of Marketing for the brand, and their father, Jesús, acts in an advisory role while enjoying his retirement. Our team at Valdemar Estates includes a unique group of individuals who come to the property with experience in all different facets of the wine and hospitality industry.