Spanish company González Byass has aacquired the Fournier winery in Ribera del Duero, including its vineyards and wines.
Founded in 1979, the Berlanga de Roa winery has grown as the region as a whole has developed. La Finca El Pinar is found between the towns of La Horra and Roa de Duero and is made up of 80 hectares, 50 of which are vineyards with an average age of between 30 and 70 years.
Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s key wine regions, representing 16% of the red wine market.
The winery acquisition gives González Byass a presence in 10 of the most important Spanish Denominations of Origin and wine regions. (Jerez, Rioja, Cádiz, Cava, Penedés, Rueda, Somontano, Castilla, Rías Baixas and Ribera del Duero), complemented at an international level with wineries in Chile and Mexico.
Founded in 1835 in Jerez, González Byass remains family owned, and is one of Spain’s most significant wineries. Although it began as a sherry bodega, and remains a leader in the sherry category, González Byass is a diverse company involved in wine, spirits and wine tourism.
Voted “Best Winery in Europe” by Wine Enthusiast, 68% González Byass turnover is currently made outside Spanish borders and 37% of its staff residing outside Spain. With an export presence in more than 100 countries, the company has its own subsidiaries in Spain, Chile, the USA, Mexico and the United Kingdom, as well as commercial offices and delegates in China, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
Fournier wines have achieved many prestigious accolades including excellent scores from such renowned international publications as Wine Advocate, Decanter, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, as well as from top Spanish titles and guides.