1199

THE ‘MAS ROQUETA’ ESTATE AND MASIA ROQUETA

This historic estate in Santa Maria d’Horta d’Avinyó, belonging to the municipality of Avinyó in the Bages region of Central Catalonia, has been documented back to 1199. Nestled among the woods, the estate has been witness to the growing of vines as the main agricultural labour and the traditional crop of the area.

1377

THE RESISTANCE OF MAS ROQUETA

Mas Roqueta was one of the estates in Horta to survive the Black Death, the agricultural crisis and the wars against King John II of Aragon that led to a depopulation of the rural surroundings. In 1377, the estate was owned by Jaume Roqueta and was handed down to Pere Roqueta in 1407. The surname “Roqueta” has been ever-present at Mas Roqueta, lasting up to the present day thanks to the Catalan Law of Succession, which meant that lands were passed onto the oldest son.

1511

THE ROQUETA FAMILY NAME

From 1511, Joan Roqueta would continue the family name and the complete successive genealogy at Mas Roqueta. In 1659, a very thorough description of the family home was made in the tenure chronicles carried out in the area during the 17th century. In 1693, Pere Roqueta, farmer and heir of Mas Roqueta, was awarded a sharecropping tenure called Bellvís, which was incorporated into the estate.

1898

RAMÓN ROQUETA TORRENTÓ (1875–1938) OPENS A WINE MERCHANT’S SHOP IN MANRESA

Ramón Roqueta Torrentó was the momentum behind the winemaking company in Manresa. The business moved to different locations around Manresa until the building on Carretera de Vic was finally constructed in 1924. He expanded the company and started to sell products from the estate, especially wine and potatoes, the two main foodstuffs of the era. This marked the start of a commercial adventure that was now known as Bodegas Ramón Roqueta.

1928

ROQUETA STARTS TO EXPORT WINE AND CHAIRS THE WINE MERCHANTS’ GUILD

Over time, Ramón Roqueta Torrentó ventured into wine export. In 1928 he signed a contract to sell wine to Établissements Vidal from Saint Fons (Rhone, France) through the licensed representative Jaume Ristol. The French company bought 100 hogsheads of 11.5°–12° red wine at a price of 37 pesetas per hectolitre, which was loaded onto a Spanish gauge train for transfer at Cerbère (France). From 1923, he joined different wine merchants’ guilds and in this same year, he took over as president of the Guild of Wine and Licor Merchants of Manresa, holding the position until 1936.

1938

VALENTÍ ROQUETA PRAT (1896–1979) STARTS THE MODERNISATION OF THE COMPANY

On the death of the founder Ramón Roqueta Torrentó, Valentí Roqueta Prat continued the family business, despite the situation and the political turmoil of the time. The year 1963 marked a second stage of activity with the modernisation of the company. The first bottling plant was built in the Manresa installations (Carretera de Vic), going from selling hogsheads, casks and wine by the litre to selling in bottles. The plant was further extended in 1970.

1958

ROQUETA COLLABORATES IN WINEGROWING ASSOCIATIONS AND ENTITIES

Valentí Roqueta was responsible for an affiliation with the Catalan Wine Growers’ Association (AVC) that would last until the present day. In 1973, his son Ramón Roqueta Roqueta joined the managing committee and chaired the association from 1999 to 2010. Ramon Roqueta would also go on to form part of different associations and entities in the world of wine, such as the Spanish Comercial Coding Association (AECOC), the Spanish Wine Association (ANEVI), the Foundation for Wine and Nutrition Research (FIVIN), among others.

1960

FIRST ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Valentí Roqueta Prat’s business vision and entrepreneurship was also evident from the outset, leading him to run advertising campaigns on Ràdio Manresa and in the local newspaper Manresa, and to organise the design of letters and labels for the company. Taking an interest in the quality and image of the company, he added a letterhead to letters and other documentation, a new idea at the time, which he had commissioned from leading artists.

1968

RAMÓN ROQUETA ROQUESTA IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMPANY

In 1968, Ramón Roqueta Roqueta joined the managing board of the company. As an entrepreneur, he managed to create an important network of vehicles and distributors throughout Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

1973

THE COMPANY BECOMES BODEGAS ROQUETA, S.A.

In order to adapt to the new company structures developed at the time and to extend its business activity, the company became Bodegas Roqueta, Societat Anónima (a public limited company), although it continued to be an entirely family-run company. The main wine-producing activity of the company at that time involved bottling wine, which had been bought from different Spanish cooperatives, in order to sell it as table wine under different brands and different types. Sangria was also produced, as well as other products such as semi-sparkling wine and mineral water to take advantage of the existing distribution network.

1980

BODEGAS ROQUESTA EXHIBITS AT ALIMENTARIA ‘80 INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW

In order to promote its wines, the company embarked on a new stage to break into new markets. In 1980, its wines were included for the first time at the prestigious international food trade show Alimentària ‘80 and at the Catalan Wines and Cava Exhibition in Barcelona. From that moment, Bodegas Roqueta, S.A. would be present at different shows and exhibitions at a national and international level.

1981

OPENING AND RECOGNITION OF BODEGAS ROQUETA

A new wave of activity was ushered in at the old family home and its ancestral cellars, receiving visits from personalities from the wine industry and noteworthy authorities, as well as Manresa entities. This family-run company continued to stay true to its roots, adapting to the needs of each moment with the desire to endure in the future, and achieved different awards in recognition of its evolution. The first of these awards was in 1981 with the Master of Popularity diploma.

1982

VALENTÍ ROQUETA GUILLAMET IS APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR

Valentí Roqueta Guillamet, son of Ramón Roqueta Roqueta, joined the company after studying oenology in France. He performed different tasks in the areas of sales, marketing and administration before taking over as managing director in 1982. His incorporation marked another stage of major entrepreneurial strength, in which the company extended exports, presented new products and promoted and adapted wine growing at the Masia.

1983

A NEW COMPANY IS BORN: MASIES D’AVINYÓ-ABADAL

While still continuing the wine merchant company started in 1898, Valentí Roqueta took a new direction, creating a new company that would return the family to the vines grown on the family estate. The main objective of the project was to grow and produce high-quality wines from the Bages area. To do this, he set up a new company Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal, which sold the ABADAL brand and would later become Bodegas Abadal.

1985

BODEGAS ROQUETA PROMOTES THE WINE CULTURE

During this stage, Ramón Roqueta and his son Valentí helped to promote knowledge of the vineyards and wine among students in Manresa and the surrounding area. They collaborated in drafting an informative dossier on the wine culture and also in different activities and conferences associated with the culture of Manresa and the Bages region.

1986

1ST INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BODEGAS ROQUETA

In 1986, Bodegas Roqueta won its first award at the International Wine Competition, which was held as part of the United States International Food Show (USIFS) in San Francisco, California from 5–7 December 1986, where the company presented its wines for the first time. Its vi ranci (mellow wine) won the Gold Medal and the Honorary Mention for its Mistela del Bages. The following year saw the winery winning new awards at the Pyrénées-Expo Foire Exposition de l’Ariège show (Saint Girons, France), starting a long line of accolades accumulated up to the present day.

1990

ACTIVITIES OF MASIES D'AVINYÓ-ABADAL

Valentí Roqueta continued to promote the winery and its wines and signed a collaboration agreement with the Directorate General of Agricultural Production and Agri-Foodstuffs Industry of the Catalan Regional Government as part of the programme to promote technological innovation and improve productivity. From 1994 onwards, the wines of Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal would be on display at the Alimentària international trade show, the Catalan Wines and Cava Exhibition and other international trade shows, an activity that is continued right up to the present day.

1994

AWARDING OF ISO CERTIFICATIONS

In 1994, Bodegas Roqueta and Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal was awarded ISO 9002 quality certification by the company TÜV Rheinland. Similarly in 2006, Bodegas Roquetas achieved ISO 22000 certification for its food safety management system, being the first company in Spain to have received this certification, and in 2010, it was granted IFS (International Food Standard) certification for the quality of its products.

1995

CREATION OF THE PLA DE BAGES DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

Valentí Roqueta Guillamet’s hard work in adapting the facilities and modernising growing techniques and machinery of the company Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal proved to be fundamental for wine growing in the Bages region. On 30 October 1995, the Official Bulletin of the Catalan Regional Government published the decree to create the Pla de Bages Designation of Origin and its Supervisory Council. Consequently, the wines of Masies d’Avinyó were included under this Designation of Origin.

1998

100 YEARS OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY

In 1998, the Roqueta family celebrated their centenary of wine-producing activities in Manresa with the name Bodegas Roqueta, referring to the old family home devoted to wine growing and production. Among the different events held to mark the centenary, the company organised a retrospective exhibition and the publication of the book “La vinya al Bages. Mil anys d'elaboració de vi. La Masia Roqueta” (Wine in the Bages. Thousand Years of Winemaking. Masia Roqueta), in which the historian Llorenç Ferrer provided a detailed account of Mas Roqueta and its history.

1999

NEW BOTTLING PLANT AT MASIES D’AVINYÓ-ABADAL

The new bottling plant of the Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal was opened, which included the latest technology in bottling. This installation completed the extensive project to expand vines grown with international and local varieties, provide new cellars (De la Vinya, Els Til•lers and Sant Ramon) and a large distribution and warehousing area, and recondition a number of wine huts (whose renovation received an award in 1997 in the competition organised by the Pla de Bages DO). The Catalan Regional Government awarded the winery the Placa de l’Agricultura Catalana (Seal of Catalan Agriculture).

2000

THE START OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ABADAL

The Abadal wines achieved different accolades at national and international levels as well as high points in specialised guides, such as the Peñin Guide to Spanish Wines, and from the world’s top wine critic, the American Robert Parker. In 2011, Robert Parker gave ABADAL Selecció-2003 a mark of 94 and good scores were achieved in the national guides, such as the Peñin Guide, which awarded Abadal Picapoll 2009 92 points.

2006

THE START OF A NEW PROJECT: LaFou Celler

Ramon Roqueta Segalés, son of Valentí Roqueta Guillamet, combined his winemaking and growing studies with business before joining the company and has subsequently started his own project: LaFou Celler, located in Batea, in the heart of the Terra Alta DO.

2008

A NEW WINERY: Bodegas Crin Roja

Bodegas Crin Roja started out at the beginning of 2008 in Fuente-Álamo in the province of Albacete, where it produces wines that fall under the Castilla Vino de la Tierra qualification.

2009

NEW COMPANY STRUCTURE: ROQUETA ORIGEN

The group started a new stage by diversifying in wine-growing and production activity. Under the name Roqueta Origen, several wineries with their characteristic wines were combined: Bodegas Ramón Roqueta, S.L. (previously Bodegas Roqueta) belonging to the Catalunya DO; Bodegas Abadal, S.L. (previously Masies d’Avinyó-Abadal) under the Pla de Bages DO; LaFou Celler, S.L, under Terra Alta DO; and Bodegas Crin Roja, S.L. with the Castilla Vinos de la Tierra qualification.

2011

ABADAL ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

To commemorate its anniversary, the company held a wine-matching gala with Ferran Adrià as guest, and an institutional event presided by the President of the Catalan Regional Government. The event included sensory workshops and the presentation of wines that were previously unseen on the market which had been produced by the company’s oenologists. The occasion brought together friends and saw presentation of the winery’s latest wine, ABADAL 25e Aniversari, a limited edition created to commemorate the anniversary with a special label illustrated by the artist Joaquim Falcó.
The Catalan Sommelier Association (ACS) awarded Bodegas Abadal the accolade “Best Winery of 2011”.

2013

INAUGURATION OF LAFOU CELLER

The official opening of the winery took place in Batea (Terra Alta) on 7 June, presided over by Artur Mas, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan regional government.