THE XdT WINERY
A CATHEDRAL OF WINE
The XdT Winery is considered one of Rioja’s “cathedrals of wine,” due to its age and singularity.
It is located in the village of Abalos and is surrounded by ancient open air wine presses.
The canals hewn into the rock from the presses and toward the cellar suggest that the oldest parts of the building are over a thousand years old.
The building had been used right up until the end of 19 th Century. Until such a time the wines were only consumed by the owners of the property. However, with the arrival of the phylloxera and the subsequent shortages of wines throughout the Continent, it was decided by one of the present owners ancestors, that wine-making should be made in another building with greater capacity.
The old building remained abandoned for over the next 100 years, however fortunately this left it intact.
Thanks to the capital restoration made in 1991 by the marriage composed by Isabel Fernandez de Navarrete Sáenz de Tejada and Victoriano López-Pinto, the building where today is settled XdT was saved.
The second restoration made at the beginning of the 21st century by Gonzalo Fernández de Navarrete González Valerio, author of the XdT project, third son of the marquis of Ximenez de Tejada, would allow the return to wine production in the historic building.
The restoration programme was made without touching anything of the somewhat primitive installations, which would well allow one to think that the building is more of a museum than a working winery.
The winery is named after another one of our ancestors, Francisco Ximenez de Tejada.
He became the 69th Grand Master of the Hospitalier Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem -the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta- between 1773 and 1775. After the death of the Spanish Grand Master Ximénez de Tejada, Emmanuel de Rohan was named Grand Master of the Order. (1775-1797).
A few years after the death of the Grand Master of the Order of Malta Francisco Ximérnez de Tejada, already in the time of king Carlos IV of Spain, Pedro Ximénez de Tejada, and in recognition of his merits, the family was given the Marquisate of Ximenez de Tejada. Through Martín Fernández de Navarrete Ximenez de Tejada, these two Spanish cultural heritages would be united.
Particularly given the great history of the winery and the region, the challenge was to live up to its past by making as best modern and innovative wine as possible.