Altos de San Esteban


One summer afternoon and after a copious lunch of those that leave a splendid memory, Gregorio, José Ramón, Pedro and Manolo, friends from the university, between laughter, naughty jokes and dessert toasts, share a dream. They decide to enter the unknown and exciting world of wine. A journey that will reveal the most surprising and best kept secrets of the precious liquid. They hope to be filled with happiness when suddenly the genie comes out of the bottle into the world and intoxicates them with his magic. In the bowels of their own land they plant the vines from whose fruit the long-awaited broth will sprout with which Dioniso, making his aulos ringing, will free them from obligations and worries and will initiate ecstasy and song. This is how our dream was born, Altos de San Esteban, the project in Bierzo Alto of the "Marqués de Bembibre" winery, a winery named after Don Manuel Marqués "Patarita" (1925-2011), a lover of the vineyard, viticulturist and Bembibre winemaker, father of one of four friends who more than twenty-five years ago undertook this adventure in order to preserve and improve the knowledge and experience accumulated in so many years of hard work dedicated to the art of growing the vine and making Wine. Today an exciting future awaits them, witnessing the rebirth of "the vineyard", the hallmark of our land that for decades was sadly relegated to indifference and oblivion.“Patarita” (1925-2011), a man very much in love with the vineyard, former winemaker and wine cellar owner in Bembibre, father to one of the four friends that embarked in this venture over 25 years ago, to experiment, preserve and improve the knowledge and experience accumulated after so many years of hard work dedicated to the traditional art of growing vines and making wine.

Our wines are made only with grapes from our two farms, located in Bierzo Alto:

“La Mendañona”, in Torre del Bierzo, planted with Mencia variety since the beginning.

La Viña de San Esteban”The one know as "Viña de San Esteban", replanted back then after the phylloxera plague in 1887, in San Esteban del Toral, where we grow Godello, they emblematic white variety on this zone, and also the Cabernet Sauvignon that brings personality and identity to our wine. Viñas de Monte

Our Philosophy

The winery processes are carried out in traditional ways and craftsmanship. The four partners, along with some friend that aids them, perform the viticulture and winemaking tasks personally.

we carry out a sustainable winemaking labour without using chemical additives or herbicides. In the winery we apply a low intervention oenology method to go along with the control and winemaking process striving to care about the identities in our soil and grape varieties.

Annual yield goes around the 25 thousand kilos, and is processed into the brands known as La Perra Gorda, Viñas de Monte and La Mendañona.