For many years, the Mencia wines of the Bierzo appellation didn't manage to achieve recognition as top-quality wines. At the end of the nineteen nineties, however, a new generation of oenologists rediscovered the oldest vines and hidden treasures of this region and applied suitable wine-production methods to make the most of the true potential of the Mencia variety. Jorge Peique was one of these winemakers. In 1999 he founded the Bodegas Peique winery in Valtuille de Abajo where three generations of his family had lived and worked with wines for over 90 years. Bodegas Peique is much more than a winery; it is a family.
A wine bearing the family name demands the utmost care and attention. Bodegas Peique has concentrated on the sustainable growth of this satisfying project which they are extremely enthusiastic about; a project reflecting their character and that of generations past. Peique aims to be original and different in a globalized market and to adapt to their customers' needs. They enjoy the challenges of winemaking, and experiment with new ideas from the vine to the bottle. They share experiences, learn from the land, and pass on the same joy for wines their parents and grandparents showed them in years gone by.
The Peique family cultivates 40 hectares of vines divided among many small plots of between 0.2 and 1 hectare in size around the village of Valtuille de Abajo. Around 97% of the plants are Mencia bush vines planted between 50 and 90 years ago, and about 2% are Godello and Alicante Bouschet. These vineyards bring calm and tranquility to the family wines and reflect the indelible origins of the family's work with wine, although, of course, each harvest is different... a new challenge to enjoy every year.
Jorge Peique, the winery's technical director, belonged to the team of winemakers at Bodegas Protos in the years 1996-1998 and worked as an oenologist, along with Herbet Romat, in the start-up of the new Tarsus winery until February 2001.