Madrid, Spain

Bodegas Bernabeleva, established in 1923, is situated at the base of the Cerro de Guisando mountains and the slopes of Gredo on the outskirts of Madrid. All their wines are crafted following strict biodynamic principles.

During the 1920s, a doctor from Madrid named Vicente Álvarez-Villamil purchased a piece of land near Madrid with the intention of cultivating Garnacha (Grenache) grapes. The doctor chose the name Bernabeleva for the winery, which translates to “the bear’s forest,” paying tribute to the Celtic stone bears that were scattered throughout the winery’s surroundings. However, political turmoil in Spain during the 1930s halted vineyard operations temporarily, but the family managed to retain ownership of both the land and the vines.

Fast forward to 2006, when Vicente’s great-grandsons decided to revive the winery, keeping the name Bernabeleva. They began producing wine from vines that were now 80 years old. The label features a picture of Vicente’s daughter sitting atop one of the stone bears.

Renowned winemaker Marc Isart, a standout figure in the Spanish wine industry, consistently earns impressive accolades from international wine critics for his wines. He crafts expressive, fresh wines that evoke the spirit of the iconic Chateau Rayas wines of the 1980s and 1990s.

Bernabeleva wines are imported into Canada by Domaine Selections. Contact us today!