Our history

1927

Origin

Our mission since 1927, has been to be faithful to our claim “BEING FIRST”, as an attitude of constant improvement with the sole aim of elaborating the best wine.

Fundadores Bodegas Protos

These visionaries knew the importance of listening to the “terroir” and understand its needs, imagining a succesful endeavor, that has not only been kept intact, but continues to grow, always looking at the future.

Antigua Bodega Protos Historia

A LEGEND IS BORN

1929

Our beginnings are important, because the pillars on which they were built, have to lead the way: Quality as our maximum priority and our Brand as a sustainable competitive edge. Proof of this importance comes since our first vintages (1927 & 1928), that won Gold Medals at the Universal Exposition of Barcelona in 1929.

Medalla Exposición Universal de Barcelona de 1929
Bodegas Protos y Castillo de Peñafiel

1970
EXPANSION

Construction of an aging winery at the heart of the mountain that holds the Peñafiel Castle, to age our barrels in over 2kms of underground tunnels. Giving Protos its distinct taste and success.

Protos 1927 Label
Logo Ribera del Duero
Logo Ribera del Duero
Logo Ribera del Duero
1982

RIBERA DEL DUERO

Protos authorizes the use of its brand «Ribera Duero», for the founding of the Appellation.

1986

EXPANSION

A winery is built in Anguix (Burgos), surrounded by old vineyards of high quality. Therefore, allowing shorter commute time from the vineyard to this winery.

2006

RUEDA APPELLATION

Bodegas Protos builds a winery in Rueda for the elaboration of our Protos Verdejo, at the heart of Spain’s most important white wine appelation.

2008

NEW WINERY

Protos, true to its roots and keeping up with an ever evolving industry, builds a new state of the art winery in Peñafiel. This magnificent installation was designed by the prestigious architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (led by genious architect, Richard Rogers, Priztker award in architecture, 2007) in colaboration with Alonso Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados. Blending together the know how of our long history with the new technologies that help us continue to make better and more sustainable wines.

2017

90th ANNIVERSARY

Celebration of Protos’ 90th Anniversary, honoring the spirit of the founding pioneers and toasting to many more anniversaries.

2019

PROTOS VERDEJO​
BEST YOUNG WINE IN SPAIN

Protos Verdejo is chosen “Best young wine in Spain” by the Gourmet Guide – Wines.

Awards Verdejo Protos
2020

D.O. CIGALES

Protos lands in the Cigales Denomination of Origin

ACCOLADES

Best Winery by Wines & Spirits. Excellent brand by Superbrands.

Protos Premio CivicTrust

CIVIC TRUST AWARDS

Winner of the Civic Trust Awards in 2010.
Protos Premio Wine&Spirits

WINE&SPIRITS

Winery of the year by prestigious magazine Wine&Spirits.
Protos Premio Superbrands

SUPERBRANDS

Recognized as "Excellent Brand"by the international Superbrands council.
Protos Premio Alimentos de España

FOOD FROM SPAIN

Awarded by Foods from Spain as food company of the year.

History

Protos

EVERY LEGEND HAS ITS ORIGIN
Antigua Bodega Protos Historia

Our beginnings

The year was 1927. Eleven childhood friends—all grown up now, and in different professions—came together to celebrate their families’ viticultural roots and their love for their village, Peñafiel. They had a dream, not just to make good quality wines, but also to highlight the importance of a forgotten wine region with an illustrious heritage. Together they would change the history of this region, introducing us to everything from rustic wines for personal consumption to a now world-renowned Spanish appellation, Ribera del Duero.

These visionaries honored the terroir, understanding its needs and envisioning a future that ultimately came to pass, with Protos recognized as one of the most important wineries in Ribera del Duero.

Protos

¿why Protos? Because these pioneers understood the region’s potential. They looked for a name that was universal while expressing their vision. Hence the Greek word πρῶτος, Protos, which means “First.”

Ribera Duero

Certain that the region was destined for greatness, Protos registered the trademark 55 years before the Appellation was created.

De Peñafiel

Honoring the village where it all began and its terroir (not just a function of geography and climate, but also of the people, and the soil itself).

Etiqueta Bodegas Protos Antigua 1927
Fundadores Bodegas Protos

Our community

These 11 families believed so ardently in this project (and still do, with 4 of their grandchildren still on the board of directors) that many more families would follow, making Protos a badge of identity for its region…

 

“I have been harvesting since I started walking, both my father and grandfather have been with Protos for over 80 years” – Álvaro Nobo.

Álvaro Nobo

More than 250 families

Today, more than 250 families are part of this community, bound together by the same original goal of making exceptional wines in an exceptional region. Many 3rd generation scions continue to work these lands with the same passion and commitment of their ancestors. Today, they benefit from knowledge inherited from generation to generation as well as extensive research conducted by Protos at each and every vineyard.

This community also includes 300 viticulturists, 8 agricultural engineers that care for our parcels throughout the year, and a team of 8 oenologists—led by Marilena Bonilla, one of the few women technical directors in the entire Ribera del Duero—all dedicated to the constant betterment of our wines and their reach into the homes of wine-lovers all over the world.

Bodegas Protos Historia

At Protos, we are always learning

It is in this pioneering spirit that Protos continues to evolve, adapting our wines with the utmost respect to the land and remaining at the forefront of natural, quality wines made in Spain.

For the last 10 years, Protos has been studying each and every plot of land it owns, observing how Tempranillo clones adapt and change in each location and helping vineyards develop their potential. Our findings led us to divide and subdivide all our vineyards, helping us gain a deeper understanding of the vine and thus determine with greater accuracy the optimal time to harvest our grapes for a perfect expression of each particular terroir.

At Protos, we keep an exacting eye on all our vineyards (1.400ha!) throughout the year, monitoring ripeness levels and collecting/analyzing 200 samples a day to pinpoint the optimal moment to harvest each individual parcel.

The alchemy of wine

Today, Protos is all about making the most of each terroir’s characteristics, using the most natural, respectful processes available.

Our rosés & whites come from different areas and microclimates where grape selection and variety authenticity guide the expert hands of our viticulturists.

Protos reds, produced by our inspired enologists, embody on one hand, the purest, freshest character of the famous Tempranillo fruit and —thanks to perfect ageing and blending techniques— the highest expression of “Tinto Fino” complexity.

A high degree of grape sorting and selection of the finest terroirs—still worked by the best of our founder families—are the key elements of an authentic vintage signature.