We have rescued the oldest ageing and bottling procedures of sherry wine. Soleras and criaderas preserved for generations.
With the 1781 marriage of Pedro Agustín Rivero de la Herrán and Tomasa de la Tixera Menchaca, two of the most important sherry families in the production and sale of Cabeza-Tixera y Rivero wines are brought together. The winery is re-established under the name ‘Rivero CZ’.
Bodega becomes the official supplier of the Royal Spanish Household, with authorisation to use the royal coat of arms on its wine labels.
Participation in the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona, winning the gold medal and diploma for its sherry wines.
Participation in the Universal Exhibition of Paris, obtaining a “grand prize” diploma. Following this, the Ministry of Government, through the Export Trade Board, asks Joaquín María Rivero, the president at the time, to hand over all the exhibited bottles of prize-winning sherry to create the Commercial Museum in Madrid. The letter is preserved in the Bodegas Tradición historical archive.
The Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Designation of Origin Regulatory Board was created, the first such body to be established and therefore the oldest in Spain. Comprising winemakers and wine growers from the Marco de Jerez region, it held its first meeting in August 1934 and a year later published the first regulation of the DO, which served as a model for other Spanish designations that arose subsequently.
The tradition of exporting Bodega CZ Rivero sherry continued throughout the first half of the twentieth century. There is evidence of sales throughout its history to faraway countries such as China, the Philippines, Cuba and British America, and it would be this century when sales were consolidated in countries including the US, New Zealand, all of Europe and exotic places like Iran. One example was the thousand cases of ‘Tres Z’ brandy sent to Tangier.
The winery was sold to the Carbonell Group against the wishes of the branch of the current owner’s family. This was a severe blow to then-president Rafael Rivero Dávila, which eventually cost him his life, as after years of legal wrangling to recover it, he suffered heart failure upon finding out there was no further leave to appeal.
Mr. Joaquín Rivero establishes Bodegas Tradición. In his quest to recover the family’s historical bond with wine and the winemaking world, he buys an old winery in the heart of the historical centre of Jerez and begins to select wines from old and exceptional, but nearly forgotten, soleras. The winery initially comprises 500 barrels of oloroso and amontillado.
From the outset, Mr. Joaquín Rivero’s idea was to engage exclusively in the marketing of very old wines, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that the VORS and VOS categories were officially recognised by the Jerez Regulatory Board. He was a pioneer.
The Madrid sales office opens.
The first expansion is carried out with the idea of introducing to the winery a number of exceptional wines then found on the market. It involves acquiring a second winery building at number 5 on the same street, thus expanding the soleraje, where the dynamic phase of biological ageing is done, to 800 barrels and starting to sell Palo Cortado and Pedro Ximénez that same year.
The Bodegas Tradición art gallery opens onsite. It is one of the finest private collections of paintings in Andalusia, with works by Spanish painters from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, including masters such as Goya, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo and El Greco, among others. It is planned as a changing exhibition to rotate the works of most exhibition interest.
Brandy marketing begins with the purchase of 200 barrels from three different solerajes (aging sistems) of incalculable age. The visitors’ centre opens that same year.
Second expansion, taking it up to 1,000 barrels. A new winery next to the original one at Cordobeses, 3, is bought on calle Rincón Malillo and work begins on the Fino soleraje. The aim is to find an old, mature fino with character, something unknown in the Marco region at the time. Once again, Mr. Joaquín Rivero proves to be a pioneer and ahead of his time.
Cream begins to be sold, followed just one year later by Fino.
Recovery of the historic archive, dating back to 1650 and housing invaluable documents reflecting the family’s commercial relations with wine over nearly 400 years. The same is done with the photographic archive, containing photos dating back to 1860. Work begins on the latest expansion with the purchase of 300 Fino barrels. With it the winery reaches the current figure of 1,500 barrels.
Mr Joaquín Rivero passes away at the age of 72 and his daughter Helena takes over more direct management of the winery.
Twentieth anniversary of the foundation of Bodegas Tradición, which currently sells its products in 25 countries and receives 6,000 visitors a year. The comprehensive age control allows it to sell around 30,000 bottles of the best sherry wine, as demonstrated by the Regulatory Board certifications of the VORS and VOS classes for all the wines.