Talking about the origins of Chipiona’s Católico-Agrícola Winery Cooperative means talking about over a century of community work without owners, without noble families, and without independently owned vineyards.
Our winery cooperative was formed through the birth of a union in which 86 men, moved by the momentum and confidence of a better future, decided to walk together. They had nowhere to deliver their grapes to, vineyard production was high, and the rapid collection of a crop in conjunction with early maturation of the grapes provided them with a dilemma – all before the demarcation of sherry wines.
The soul of this social work, which began in 1914, was D. Francisco Lara y Araujo, the Vicar Archpriest of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Parson of Chipiona. Now our manager and renowned winemaker, Francisco Lorenzo Gallegos, performs the work.
It was first in 1954 – before the avalanche of Chipiona grape production that exists today – that our cooperative began to increase exports and our product reached other parts of Spain.
Today, we are the main hold of our town, generating 85% of the production of wines from Chipiona. We are one of the first cooperatives in Spain to be recognized after the Cooperation Act, enacted in 1942, required agricultural unions to change their name to Agricultural Cooperatives.
Our winery has faced great challenges that have put us ahead in the Designation of Origin. We have gathered the fruit of a century of work with several awards, especially in our Muscatel variants. And we have not forgotten to keep up with technological advances. Currently, we distinguish ourselves through:
- Modern machinery: we have a Winemaking plant, another for Racking and, finally, the fermentation process in carried out in stainless steel. These are the machines required in winemaking for the D.O. of Jerez/Xérès/Sherry and for white and red varieties from Cádiz.
- Quality control: investment in plant stabilization, refrigeration and bottling using rigorous health and safety measures guarantee our wine’s quality
- Marketing: new specialized business units share our character through franchise stores in our region.
- Ethnological tourism: we have taken advantage of tourism resources of the winery to offer open spaces, restaurants, and wine bars where our customers can find the best representation of our wines in conjunction with Andalucía’s cuisine.
- Culture of Muscatel: Muscatel has been, and remains, the cornerstone that has sustained the history, culture and economy of Chipiona. Hence, the opening of the Museum of Muscatel.
- Ageing: We have expanded our solera system and criaderas of fine muscatels to augment our services to keep up with the increasingly growing market.